2012 Chateau La Grande Maye
Wines from Cotes de Castillon are Merlot based with Cabernet Franc sometimes added. They typically drink well young and show a fleshiness and sturdiness. The region is named after the town of Castillon-la-Bataille, the battle that brought the Hundred Years war to an end. The appellation has been changed to Castillion Cotes de Bordeaux.
Paul Valade has been making wines int the Cotes de Castillon for many years and his estate is a testament to what can be done in an overlooked area of Bordeaux. Chateau Peyrat is his second label while Chateau Grande Maye has been his workhorse claret. While Peyrat is his entry label wine, it shares the same characteristics as his higher level bottlings.
Cedric and his father Paul Valade work tirelessly at this estate to produce serious but affordable wines out of their shed-like cellar. Beautiful purple fruit perfume, cranberries, críÂme de cassis and wood spice. Bright, crunchy bramble fruit with ripe tannins. Far more balanced and complex than the price would suggest.
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