2018 Chateau des Antonins AOC Bordeaux Supérieur ‘La Réserve du Couvent’
This classic, left bank Bordeaux is a careful selection of the estates best fruit that is aged in French oak barrels. It is powerful, fleshy, and noted with well-integrated tannins that will continue to soften over the years. Peak drinking window: 2023-2030
Certified sustainable farming practices and only 1,100 cases produced.
- Tasting Notes blackberry, plum, black cherry, cigar box, almond, vanilla, sweet smoke
- Variety 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot
- Region France, Bordeaux
- Volume 750ml
- Alcohol Volume 13%
- Table Talk The Château des Antonins is housed in a 13th century convent that was built for the monks of the order of Saint Antoine.
Château des Antonins is nothing short of extraordinary. Based in a 13th century convent house that was originally built for the monks of the order of Saint Antoine, this historic property fell into the hands of the Roquefeuil family after the French Revolution. Geoffroy and Martine Roquefeuil took over the estate located on the left bank of the Garonne River in 1985.
Geoffroy and Martine’s son, Antoine, really had no plans of taking over the family business. However, during a year-long stint abroad in New Zealand, he ultimately found his passion for wine and decided to become a vigneron. Upon returning home in 2016, Geoffroy passed away suddenly, leaving Antoine in charge of the prestigious estate. Thanks to the shared know-how of his father, as well as his time learning abroad, Antoine has officially been in charge of the estate since 2021, following the retirement of his mother. All 27 hectares of vines at Château des Antonins are farmed sustainably, and the house style can best be described as traditional-meets-modern in the best possible way.
One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.
The largest region within France, Bordeaux has made quite the name for itself with its prestigious producers and fine wines. Bordeaux, having a moderate maritime climate, sees much influence from the nearby gulf stream including warming effects, rainfall and humidity which is why you’ll find a number of their vineyards closer to the ocean with a high gravel soil content. You may hear the term “Bordeaux Blend” thrown around or used in other countries pertaining to their wines that are made from multiple “Bordeaux” grape varietals and blended together. When this term is used it means the winemaker has included these 5 main grape varietals that are traditional to the Bordeaux region: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. Customary white grape varieties from Bordeaux are Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle. In the famous regions of Sauternes and Barsac you’ll find these classic white grapes used to make top quality sweet wine. Bordeaux has many distinguished appellations within the large region often characterized by “left bank” or “right bank.” The Dordogne and Garonne rivers form the Gironde Estuary that divides the Bordeaux vineyards into these separate “banks.” Falling on the left bank are the principal districts of Médoc/Haut-Médoc, Graves and Sauternes. Within each of these districts lies smaller appellations home to some of the most famous Château houses around the world. On the opposite side, Saint-Émilion and Pomerol make up the right bank where a vast majority of the Merlot grape is grown.