AOC: Saint Chinian
50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Carignan, 10% Mourvedre
To produce this wine, grape harvesting is done half by machine and half by hand. The stems are removed and the vinification is carried out using traditional methods with careful control of the temperature. Some of the wines mature in oak barrels for 12 months while others mature in vats. These methods stimulate the wines to evolve and refine their unique Saint-Chinian characteristics and taste. The wines are carefully bottled to assure high quality from the vine to the table.
This wine is typical of the Saint Chinian appellation. It is a lovely garnet color with coffee and liquorice aromas and goes well with red meats, game and dishes with sauces. Cellar for three to six years.
From Jeb Dunnuck’s March 2012 Rhone Report:
2007 Château Bousquette Saint-Chinian (France, Languedoc Roussillon, Languedoc, Saint-Chinian) Along the same lines, yet with a slightly darker fruit profile and more richness, the 2007 Château Bousquette Saint-Chinian is a blend of 35% Grenache,
30% Carignan, 20% Syrah, and 15% Mourvèdre that‟s aged for 18 months prior to bottling. Possessing a perfumed, complex bouquet of spiced red and
black fruits, leather, wet stone, and wild herbs, this medium-bodied, round, beautifully fresh red has good acidity, and a focused, detailed finish. It
should continue to shine for 4-6 years. (87 pts.)