GRAPES: 40% Cabernet, 40% Merlot, 10% CF, 10% PV
TASTING NOTES: "Cru Artisan" coats the glass with wave of concentrated crimson and garnet. If you want classic Left Bank aromatics, this is it: black currant, black plum, cedar, wet clay, graphite, tar—it’s all here in spades. Bottle age has softened this wine considerably, and now, it is deep and satisfying on the palate. Please decant one hour before serving in large Bordeaux stems at 60-65 degrees, and don’t hesitate to lay a few bottles down—it’s got at least 5 more years of peak drinking ahead of it. Nothing beats the heady aromatics and cedary savor of aged Bordeaux, so be sure to showcase it with a main-course dish.
PRODUCTION NOTES: The alcoholic fermentation occurs in stainless steel tanks and then the wine is aged in small oak barrels (about one-third of which is new) for an additional 15 to 18 months before being bottled (without filtration).