Chateau Recougne Bordeaux Superieur 2018 - Bordeaux, France
A pleasant fruity nose, a deep and powerful structure, and round, velvety tannins make for a very elegant, rich, and complex bottle of wine. These qualities appreciated in Bordeaux wines offer this wine great aging potential, as demonstrated by the 1952 vintages, which keep all their freshness.
Robert Parker at one time called Recougne the finest Bordeaux Superieur. It is an estate that has produced wine for over 400 years, and its name is said to have come from King Henri IV in the early 17th century, in "recognition" of the quality of its wine. The vineyard surrounds the Chateau and the winemaking facilities and was classified under the Fronsac Appellation, which it straddles, many years ago. Merlot is best suited to the terroir and is the majority planting (75%), complemented by both Cabernet Sauvignon (15%) and Cabernet Franc (10%). Factors that contribute to the quality of the vineyard include several parcels of very old vines of 50+ years, environmentally-friendly viticultural techniques, minimal spraying, low yields through green harvesting, and excellent canopy management.