A touch of taste

Maison Castel introduces you to the appellations on which the worldwide reputation of French wine is based. These feature among the best known appellations in France, and are as capable of dazzling the most knowledgeable wine enthusiast as they are of impressing anyone looking for something new and different. Did you know that Chardonnay grapes are used to make Chablis wine ?

Saint-Emilion


Appearance : deep red
Nose : notes of ripe red and black fruit
Palate : elegant, fine and silky
Serve : between 16-18°C
Best enjoyed : within 3-5 years
Food-wine pairings : game, meats in a sauce or stew, chocolate desserts
Recommended dish : Veal cutlets with morel mushrooms

Origin

The Saint-Emilion AOC is one of France’s most famous wine regions. The Unesco world heritage town of Saint-Emilion attracts an average of one million wine tourists per year. Planted exclusively with red grape varieties, its mainly limestone soils allow its primary grape varieties, the Merlot and Cabernet Franc, to attain optimal maturity.

Vinification

After a pre-fermentation maceration to extract the aromatic compounds from the skins, vinification is conducted at a controlled temperature. Carefully managed and adapted pumping-over operations enable optimal extraction of the polyphenols and anthocyanins. 8-10 months ageing allows the tannins to soften and gives the wine its intense, oaky character.

Maison Castel, Touch of France wines, simple, easy to choose and pleasant to taste.

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