Holiday Countdown 2023 (DAY 5) - 2012 Château Massereau Graves

Holiday Countdown 2023 (DAY 5) - 2012 Château Massereau Graves

These are the top wines that stood out among the thousands of wines I tasted this year. Some are always in stock, some are rare and hard to find, but all of them are sure to fill you with joy this Holiday Season.   
DAY 5:    
Admittedly, Bordeaux is not a wine I reach for often. It's a massive region, with hundreds of hectares under vine, the majority of which produce millions of gallons of bland, boring wine that speak nothing to Bordeaux's history, culture or terroir. Then there's the premium, luxury side of Bordeaux, churning out wine at exorbitant prices that need decades in the cellar in order to reveal their regal glory.

This is why I'm thrilled to have discovered today's wine this year. A classic, traditional Graves made by a small family-run Château, whose rigorous, organic farming and old-school approach in the cellar yield absolutely delicious, soul satisfying wines.

At 10 years old, this Cabernet Sauvignon's rough exterior has softened to reveal all the beautiful aromatics, depth and concentration that make Bordeaux a special place indeed.  
A quintessential Bordeaux blend, dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Harvested manually and fermented separately in cement vats. Once blended, the wine spends 18 months in French oak before being bottled, then spends an additional 10 years in the family's cellar before release.

With some air, a subtle and baritone nose unfurls to reveal black cherries, cassis, peony, blonde tobacco and graphite. The palate is full of fleshy dark plum, damson and creme de violette with a slightly smokey, spicy undertone. An astoundingly complex and layered wine, this is real Bordeaux in all its splendor. 
Jean-François Chaigneau and his brother Philippe have spent more than 20 years building Château Massereau. Once owned by the Dukes of Epernon, the estate has changed hands several times before the Chaigneau family bought the castle and the grounds in 2000. Since then, the family has farmed everything organically, crafting wine with as little intervention as possible. Everything is done manually; fermentations are with wild yeasts and additives are non-existent.

The wines are a testament to the power and elegance of real Bordeaux, especially when made in an honest and soulful way. 


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Justin Coleman
Monarch Wine Merchants



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