Red, Ready, but will keep

2011 Ch. du Pavillon, Canon-Fronsac

2011 Ch. du Pavillon, Canon-Fronsac

Red | Ready, but will keep | Chateau du Pavillon | Code:  36934 | 2011 | France > Bordeaux > Canon-Fronsac | Merlot | Full Bodied, Dry | 13.5 % alcohol

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The Producer

Chateau du Pavillon

Chateau du Pavillon

Château du Pavillon is located in the Canon-Fronsac wine appellation, south of Bordeaux. In 1905, Victor Ponty purchased the winery, which sits in the middle of the vineyard.

The four hectares of south-facing vineyard are planted entirely with Merlot, the family’s favourite grape. The warm, sunny conditions allow the grapes to mature to perfection, creating roundness and balance in flavour. Sustainable and organic processes are used to grow and produce the wine, protecting the fertile Cannon-Fronsac soils from chemicals.

The family still live at the property today, with Michel Ponty producing the wines. He uses the same traditional techniques as his grandfather did 100 years ago.

The Grape

Merlot

Merlot

The most widely planted grape in Bordeaux and a grape that has been on a relentless expansion drive throughout the world in the last decade. Merlot is adaptable to most soils and is relatively simple to cultivate. It is a vigorous naturally high yielding grape that requires savage pruning - over-cropped Merlot-based wines are dilute and bland. It is also vital to pick at optimum ripeness as Merlot can quickly lose its varietal characteristics if harvested overripe.

In St.Emilion and Pomerol it withstands the moist clay rich soils far better than Cabernet grapes, and at it best produces opulently rich, plummy clarets with succulent fruitcake-like nuances. Le Pin, Pétrus and Clinet are examples of hedonistically rich Merlot wines at their very best. It also plays a key supporting role in filling out the middle palate of the Cabernet-dominated wines of the Médoc and Graves.

Merlot is now grown in virtually all wine growing countries and is particularly successful in California, Chile and Northern Italy.

The Region

Canon-Fronsac

Canon-Fronsac

Canon-Fronsac has a rich history reaching back hundreds of years, and until the 19th century it enjoyed much appeal among the French aristocracy.

Some of the classic Bordeaux grapes are encountered here Merlot and Cabernet Franc, as well as small planting of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, the latter being little used because it doesn't ripen as well in the cooler climate of the area.

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