Chateau Fleur de Lisse Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2016  - Last Bottle

Chateau Fleur de Lisse Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2016

Ah, yeeeah. Let’s take stock here:

  • This is a freakin’ rock star of a Grand Cru Bordeaux wine. Insanely good at this price.

  • 2016 vintage. We’ve been yelling and wildly gesticulating verbally about this Bordeaux vintage for a long time. Taste it yourself. You’ll wish you bought more.

  • Chateau Fleur de Lisse in this incredible vintage was crafted under the aegis of Jean Claude Berrouet (consultant winemaker for Chateau Petrus).

  • 45-year old vines, organic/biodynamic farming.

  • UM...the crazy, wicked-rad price?

Yes --- St. Emilion in this kind of price range, with this sexy profile, silky, toasty, sweet smoky, lush goodness comes around but a few times a year, with any luck at all. $29???! C’mon!

Deep, rich, ripe red berries, sweet woodsmoke, black currants, violets, lavender, just lovely balance. Terrifically great now, but will only get better over the next 5 years. BUT!! BUT, BUT….we have but a few cases that just came off the truck direct from France...PLEASE act lickety-split quick to snag what you can! That’s all we’ll say…! So good!

The result of a legendary vintage and crafted under the aegis of Jean Claude Berrouet (consultant winemaker for Petrus), this wine is a sustained ruby hue with deep purple tints. Its bouquet is perfectly pure and expressive, displaying notes of red berries, cassis and blackberry, and is followed by an ample, smooth and remarkably balanced palate. The finish is refined, the back-of palate discreetly toasty and smoky. 

Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Appellation: St. Emilion
Blend: 50% Cabernet Franc - 49% Merlot – 1% Cabernet Sauvignon
Varietal: Right Bank Bordeaux Blend
Vineyard: The soils are clay and limestone with a higher percentage of limestone in the hilly areas.
Winemaker: Jean Claude Berrouet
Aging/Cooperage: Each parcel of grapes was picked and vinified separately. The estate uses two press wines which were again vinified separately in temperature-controlled vats. The wine was aged in oak barriques for 18 months in 22% new oak.
Alcohol: 14.50%

About The Producer

Château de Lisse was one of the largest vineyards in Saint Étienne de Lisse in the early twentieth century. It is one of the oldest vineyards in Saint Émilion, which explains why the average age of the vines is 45 years. From 1940 to 2015 it belonged to the Minvielle family, who over the years made it prosper and modernised the winemaking business by building a vatting cellar. In 2015, the château was acquired by the Teycheney family, who already owned Château La Loubière and, being passionately interested in farming and wine, decided to farm using biodynamic methods.

Pairing Suggestions

It is the ideal accompaniment for grilled meat, lamb chops or blue cheese over an informal meal.

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