A blend of Bordeaux and Rhone is part of an attempt to recover traditions that has undertaken Carolina Frey, young oenologist of Châteu La Lagune, half Shiraz and half Cabernet Sauvignon from La Lagune.
Claret was often blended with Syrah from Rhône in the 19th century to enhance the body and color, and then this practice was forbidden by the AOC regulations.
In the words of Frey, ?The blend of Bordeaux with Syrah from Rhône became a little secret in the past. Not everyone in Bordeaux feel comfortable talking about this practice, which is not well known, but it works very well?.
Frey came up with the idea of the mixture after making several trips between La Lagune, located in Haut-Médoc, and Jaboulet, north of Rhone. After creating a high-end mixture of the great La Lagune wine and Jaboulet, of which only an annual barrel is sold through auction houses, Frey decided to perform a similar blend, but more accessible to the general public.
Frey said, ?The idea was to be able to give the same kind of wine to a wider market, so I used Cabernet intended to the second wine of La Lagune, Le Moulin de Lagune, and Syrah from vineyards of our estate in Crozes-Hermitage?. The release of 10,000 bottles from the 2010 vintage was introduced to the market with a price of 45 ?, and on its its tag can be read the description ?Vin de France?.
For its elaboration, Cabernet and Syrah are produced in their respective regions are aged in oak barrels for a year before the Cabernet trips to Rhone, where it is blended with Syrah, and this mixture is aged in French oak for 18 months before bottling.
In reference to this, Frey added: ?From one day to another this wine can be very different, sometimes the Cabernet is dominant and sometimes the Syrah. There is a good harmony in the mixture, the two wines complement each other very well. I’ve had sommeliers which say it would be difficult to guess the mix, as it is very well integrated. Syrah brings the power and Cabernet the length. When you mix them, you get a different result each time?, said Frey, who believes that the wine will age comfortably for at least a decade.
This wine is blended in Rhone and not in Bordeaux because this practice is not allowed in La Lagune. It will be elaborated annually with a production of 10,000 bottles and will be marketed in the UK as a starting point.
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