Chateau Vieux Barrail, Puisseguin Saint-Emilion 2014, Vignobles Dubard
Made from a blend of 90% Melot and 10% Cabernet Franc this wine is grown on the clay/gravel soils in the commune of Puisseguin St Emilion, not far from the famous village itself. The well-drained clay soils suit the Merlot grape particularly which ripens well and produces soft, plummy appealing wines which are not too tannic nor bitter. In the mouth this wine is full (13.5% abv) but not heavy, with a satisfying and complex finish. Excellent wih grilled and roast meats, it would also suit richer pasta dishes e.g. lasagne and savoury cheeses.
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The Dubard family are family vignerons based at Chateau Laulerie in St Meard de Gurcon in the Dordogneidepartemen. They produce a range of wines from various vineyards which they own rangong from dry white through rose and clairette to red wines in the Bordeaux style. Indeed one of their top wines is Clos des Grands Moines from lalande de Pomerol.
The philosophy of the family is to produce modern wines which respect the traditions of the area. Chemical intervention is kept to a minimum in the vineyards and yields are relatively restiricted. The grapes grown over the estates are those familiar to fans of Bordeaux: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec.