Ch. Les Graves de Viaud, Les Cadets
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Ch. Les Graves de Viaud, Les Cadets - 2016

Item # 37423 750mL
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Production Methods




Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.

Tasting Notes

A lively Bordeaux with a good portion of Cabernet Franc in the blend (40%) adding a great amount of luscious acidity. This aspect blended with the fruit aspect of Merlot and the structure of Cabernet Sauvignon makes for an ideal blend. A biodynamic wine made from younger vines. Unoaked.

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Staff Pick Notes

It's funny, biodynamics in Bordeaux tends to be associated with astronomical prices. But if you look hard, you can find amazing values that drink beautifully and don't require years of cellaring. From the exceptional 2015 vintage, you'll find many of the hallmarks of classic, earthy Bordeaux in a fresher, young-drinking style that's full of vitality. The blend is unusual for the region, with Cabernet Franc taking the lead over Cab Sauv and Merlot. The fruit is dark but juicy, with the Cab Franc bringing along some very pretty acidity. It finishes long, with roasted herbs, gravel, and some light pepper coming into the mix. For food pairing, consider that this a touch lighter than other Bordeaux, with more acidity. That means it will work well with tomato or eggplant based dishes, and would be beautiful as a red to go with pâté or turkey.


Astor's Glossary of Terms


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Cabernet Franc

Relegated to moderate obscurity in modern times, Cabernet Franc is in fact the proud parent of the attention-hogging Cabernet Sauvignon (after an illicit affair with Sauvignon Blanc a hundred-odd years ago). Cabernet Franc has remained close to its roots in France, enjoying small pockets of popularity primarily in the Loire Valley (specifically in Chinon), where it is often bottled as a varietal...

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Cabernet Sauvignon

The result of an illicit affair a hundred-odd years ago between Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon today enjoys more worldwide popularity than both of its parents combined. It is the principal grape of Bordeaux, and as such has rightly earned its place among the greatest and most long-lived wines of the Old World; of course, it is also the most heralded grape of California,...

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