Château Haut de la Becade, Pauillac 07'
The Estate: Château Haut de la Bécade is a family-owned estate that has been making wine for several generations. Pauillac is a special appellation in the Haut-Medoc region of Bordeaux that makes highly sought after wines because of their balance, finesse, and the ability to age gracefully. The estate has been owned by the Rainaud family since 1933 and is located next to the most famous Chateaux in Pauillac including Chateau Lynch Bages, Pichon Baron, and Pichon Lalande de Comtesse.
Size of Vineyard: 7 ha
Average Age of Vines: 30 years old
The Soil: Gravelly with a deep ironpan subsoil
2007 Vintage Varietal Blend: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
Vinification: Traditional winemaking procedures, involving a stay of minimum 3 weeks in concrete vats
Aging: 18-20 months in French oak barrels
Annual production: 3,000 cases
Tasting Notes: Displays classic Pauillac aromas of lovely cassis and gravelly stone. Dark violet in color expressing a youthful hue. The medium acidity reflects its ability to continue to age with a backbone. This medium to full-bodied wine shows good clay and mineral-granite character along the length of the palate; while being encased in red currant and violet essence. This wine will continue to get better over the next 10 years.