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2016 Bordeaux Rouge

50% Cabernet Sauvignon
30% Merlot
10% Cabernet Franc
10% Malbec
100% French Oak
3 year old for 9 months
0.5 Tons/Acre
1,333 bottles made
PH 3.49
ALC 13%
September 27
TASTING NOTES:  Full, deep red color, with aromas of dark cherry and cassis.  Silky tannins, rich mouth feel with balanced acids, subtle oak and a persistent finish.  Some sediment is to be expected in this natural, unfiltered, wine. Best after 30 minutes breathing.

HISTORY & STORY:  Chateau La Corne has been making wine since the 1800’s.  Five acres of vines sit facing south on a steep slope in on one of the highest hillsides in all of Bordeaux.  In A.O.C.Bordeaux, in the sub A.O.C. of Cotes de Saint Macaire.. This wine is the culmination of Steve Lawrence’s 40 year old dream to own a property in Bordeaux and to make wine again after 35 years in wine sales.

VINTAGE 2016:  The 2016 is a great vintage for red wine in Bordeaux. For me, it was better than I even realized as this was my first vintage and a very good one to start with!

WINEMAKING: The fruit was hand harvested. Fermentation was in whole clusters in stainless steel. Using only native wild yeasts the fermentation was long, slow and cool preserving the floral aromas and keeping it natural. Punching down twice daily, no pump overs.  Gentle pressing in a 1962 horizontal press, using first pressed juice only.   Moved to neutral French oak barrels by gravity and aged for 9 months. The wine was then bottled unfiltered with Diam 3 corks.  This wine benefits from today’s Oenology but uses ancient techniques and natural wine making.

Steve Lawrence, Winemaker