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Chateau La Commanderie 2005

Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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Winemaker Notes

This growth belonged to the Bonie family for more than a century before being purchased in 1956 by Mr. Gabriel Meffre, who also owns Château Canteloup in Saint-Estèphe. Its vineyard is composed of two main parcels, one adjoining Château Montrose and the other lying on a very gravelly slope facing the famous growth of Lafite-Rothschild.

Thanks to the quality of the soil and the grapes planted, mostly Cabernet-Sauvignon, La Commanderie produces a robust wine with... View More

Critical Acclaim

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Fresh mushroom, tobacco and ripe fruit aromas follow through to a medium-to-full body, with soft, silky tannins and a medium finish. Balanced and pretty. Best after 2012. 2,665 cases made.

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Chateau La Commanderie

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Chateau La Commanderie, , France - Bordeaux
Chateau La Commanderie
La Commanderie was built in the 12th century by Guillaume de Plaigne, a Cathar Lord, who took an active role in the Battle of Avignonet and afterwards joined the besieged stonghold at the famous siege of Montsegur. In the 16th century, Barthelemy de Plaigne extended the chateau by creating the Salle des Chevaliers. His daughter, Anne de Plaigne, who married the Count de Pibrac in 1642, sold Plaigne to François-Paul de Béon-Massès-Cazaux, head of the order of St Jonh in Toulouse, who, in... View More

Cabernet Sauvignon

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration...

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon is sometimes referred to as the “king” of red grapes. It can be somewhat unapproachable early in its youth but has the potential to age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more at its best. Small berries and tough skins provide its trademark firm tannic grip, while high acidity helps to keep the wine fresh for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region (and in St-Emillion and Pomerol, where it plays a supporting role to Merlot). The top Médoc producers use Cabernet Sauvignon for their wine’s backbone, blending it with Merlot and smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot. On its own, Cabernet Sauvignon has enjoyed great success throughout the world, particularly in the Napa Valley, and is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and sought-after “cult” wines.

In the Glass

High in color, tannin, and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice, and tobacco. In Bordeaux and elsewhere in the Old World you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it's typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California and Australia, you can typically expect more ripe fruit flavors upfront.

Perfect Pairings

Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb, and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.

Sommelier Secrets

Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.