2016 Chateau des Eyrins Margaux, Bordeaux, France

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Julie and Xavier Gonet-Médeville are, in many ways, the first couple of French wines. Both hail from storied winemaking families: Julie’s family is famous for its incomparable Chateau Gilette, and Xavier comes from a long line of Champagne growers in Le Mesnil. Leading a new generation of winemakers, they bring their family knowledge, methods and passion to the many wines they now make together. Julie and Xavier bought the seven-acre Château des Eyrins estate from Eric Grangerou in 2008. The Grangerou family has been cellar masters for Château Margaux for three generations. On a hillside plateau in the heart of Margaux, on the left bank of the Gironde River, Château des Eyrins produces a classic Margaux: dense and deep, with incredible finesse and freshness, the wine undeniably expresses the identity of this glorious appellation. Soils in the Château des Eyrins vineyards are the thinnest and most gravelly in all of Haut-Medoc, meaning their 40-year-old vines have deep-reaching roots—great for absorbing nutrients and groundwater. Their grapes were harvested by hand and fermentation was carried out in stainless steel tanks. The cépage (blend) for 2014 was 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot and the wine aged in 50% new French oak for 18 months. The ’14 vintage brought considerable amounts of rain but ended up with warm and dry conditions in the closing months of the growing season. This created a wine accessible in its youth with concentrated fruit and a fine structure that will allow it to age gracefully over the following decade.

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