From Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan comes a Merlot and Cab Franc blend guaranteed to be the talk of your blind tasting, the Chateau Chantal Proprietor's Reserve Trio.
61% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Franc and 1% Pinot Noir from Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan. The wine is aged in oak for an unspecified amount of time.
Sample submitted for review. The Chateau Chantal Proprietor's Reserve Trio has an SRP of $27 (Saturday Splurge) and is available at that price. Only 616 cases produced.
Only carefully selected vintages and vineyard sites are used for our Proprietor's Reserve label. These grapes were selected for their concentrated flavors: the final blend highlights beautifully the special attributes of the varieties used: 61% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Pinot Noir.
The 2016 Chateau Chantal Proprietor's Reserve Trio begins with a very pleasing aroma of plum, black cherry and other ripe berry fruit, a little baking spice and vanilla. Taking a sip reveals quite a tasty wine. It's not overly complex but it sure does go down easy. The Merlot and Cab Franc work together really well to make a juicy wine with excellent touches of spice. Good acidity and a soft mouthfeel with firm but silky tannins leading into the dry finish of lingering vanilla.
This is a really excellent Bordeaux style blend. If you ever find yourself in need of a wine for a blind tasting party with a bunch of wine geeks, I guarantee no one will guess the location of this one. And yes it's a splurge, but that comes with the lower production of smaller wine producing areas like this. I still encourage you to check it out.
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2016 Chateau Chantal Proprietor's Reserve Trio
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