About this WINE
Chateau La Croix Des Moines
Château La Croix de Moines is located north-east of the town of Libourne in the heart of the Lalande de Pomerol appellation. Since 1976 it has been owned by Jean-Louis Trocard whose family has owned vineyards in Bordeaux since the XVIth century. The property consists of 8 hectares of vineyards planted with 80% Merlot,10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. The vineyards are ideally sited and lie on deep gravelly topsoil with iron pan in the subsoil.
The grapes are hand-harvested and the wines are matured in oak barrels for 14 months. This is one of the best properties in the Lalande de Pomerol appellation and the wines are some of the best value to be found in Bordeaux today.
Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.
In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.
In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and Australia.