martes, 19 de marzo de 2013

Chateau Barrabaque Cuvée Antoine, Canon Fronsac 2009


"Chateau Barrabaque Cuvée Antoine has an intense, fruity nose with a prepoderance of blackcurrants and jammy dark fruit aromas. The robust palate is full of more blackcurrant, cherries, a touch of vanilla spice and has good supple tannin structure". farehamwinecellar

- Winery: Chateau Barrabaque is a small, 9 hectare estate located on the right bank of the river Gironde in Fronsac (Canon-Fronsac). The vines are located on south-facing slopes and are mainly planted with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Dynamic winemaker Caroline Barroux is one of the rising stars of the appellation and combines both traditional and modern techniques of cultivation and winemaking to produce high quality wines. There is a minimum use of chemicals in the all aspects of production, Chateau Barrabaque are commited to protecting the environment. Vineyard management (de-budding, green pruning) allows the vinyards to produce optimum yields. Chateau Barrabaque is a Bordeaux wine already on Robert Parker's radar and the Cuvée Prestige is normally highly rated. The Cuvée Antoine is from a plot of 35 year old vines located at the "pieds de cotes", it is aged in second and third fill barriques.

- Price: £9.76


Canon-Fronsac is an appellation for red wines produced in a small area in the east of the Bordeaux wine region. It is encompassed by the wider Fronsac appellation. Canon-Fronsac's southern boundary is marked by the Dordogne river and lies close to Liboume - the town that gives its name to the Libournais region. Liboume is home to prestigious appellations such as Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, as well as Canon-Fronsac.

Like Saint-Emilion, just a few miles to the east, Canon-Fronsac has a picturesque landscape made up of woodland and hills. It also has a rich
history reaching back hundreds of years, when the area was much favored by French nobility.

Theoretically superior to the Fronsac appellation, Canon-Fronsac has historically produced the region's most-respected wines. They must be made from Merlot. Cabernet Franc and Malbec grapes grown some distance from the alluvial soils close to the Dordogne. It is the slightly higher land just to the north that produces the better vines. The soils here are more sandstone and limestone than clay, which lends the vines a certain resistance to hotter weather. In vintages like 2003, when the temperatures in August regularly exceeded 40Cº (104F), Canon-Fronsac wines proved more balanced than those from other, more-famous Bordeaux appellations. Cabernet Sauvianon may also be included in Canon-Fronsac blends, although it is less commonly used because it doesn't ripen as well in the cooler soils.

The second half of the 20th century was a time of improvement in the wines of both Fronsac and Canon-Fronsac, as they attracted attention from further afield than their established European markets. New technology and a change in winemaking philosophy have led to continued progress and these appellations now offer affordable alternatives to the high-priced wines of the Medoc. Pomerol and Saint-Emilion.


The Libournais is an unofficial but widely recognized sub-division of the Bordeaux wine region in south-western France. It is centered around the town of Liboume - whence the name - and incorporates the nearby communes of Saint-Emilion, Pomerol and Fronsac. Although there is no official definition of Libournais, the three appellations cited above are the quintessential Libournais wines.

It has long been accepted by wine producers, traders and consumers alike that Bordeaux can notionally be divided into its left and right banks (the banks of the Gironde estuary, where the Dordogne and Garonne rivers converge). The Libournais lies on the right (northern) bank of the Dordogne, and is responsible for the majority of right-bank wines, particularly those in the higher price and quality brackets.

The right-bank communes of Bourn and Blave, located a little further downstream, are not part of the Libournais.

References: farehamwinecellar and wine-searcher

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