Château Larmande

Continuous assessment and the demand for excellence
75 cl.
2021
89 Parker
Details
Alcohol 13.00%
Production area Bordeaux
Contains sulphites
Varieties 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Service 16.0
Volume 75 cl.
Pairing
White meats, Soft cheeses, Red meat

About Château Larmande

Louis XIV, known as the Sun King, said that they were a true “nectar of the gods”. And he knew what he was talking about. What this monarch had foreseen in the 17th century was confirmed in the classification of Saint-Émilion wines. 
 
In this area in Bordeaux (in the southeast of France), wines are produced under very high and continuous quality standards, which are reviewed every 10 years. This forces winegrowers and winemakers to be attentive to their harvests, resulting in excellent wines, like Château Larmande
 
Château Larmande is the only red wine produced in the cellars of the same name within the A.O.C. Saint-Émilion Grand Cru. This is the middle classification of the three levels that have guaranteed the production processes and excellence of Bordeaux wines since 1955.
 
Château Larmande is one of the oldest wineries in the area, which is mentioned in various documents as early as the 16th century. Since then, this company has been dedicated to its wines, continually challenging itself every 10 years, when the French National Institute of Origin and Quality (INAO) inspects the quality of each of these wineries, setting their scores. 
 
In total, Château Larmande covers 20 hectares which are divided into different plots, located approximately 1 kilometre away from the village, just on the northern slope of Saint-Émilion. The soil here is composed of clay and limestone terroirs that perfectly nourish the vines (mostly Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon). The rest of this area’s magic comes from the temperate oceanic climate, with rainfall spread throughout the year and very hot and dry summers. The influence of the Isle and Dordogne rivers is also vitally important, because they act as thermal regulators, moderating and softening temperatures. 
 
All of these factors guarantee the good condition of the grapes. The rest is down to the human factor, cultivating the vineyard in a sustainable manner, always seeking to protect biodiversity. Work in the vineyards is entirely manual, the old-fashioned way, with the help of Villa and Uranus (the estate’s two horses who plough the land). 
 
This of course translates into special care in the winery, where the wine is made with precision and finesse, in a totally artisan manner. As a hallmark, Château Larmande is vinified in stainless steel parallelepiped tanks and then aged for 14 to 18 months in French oak barrels and amphorae. Specifically, this latter container has been included since 2018, putting 10% of production into these, where the porosity of the terracotta guarantees exposure to oxygen (softening the wines and maintaining the aromas). Malolactic fermentation is the finishing touch for this red, which is the pinnacle of French reds.
2021
89 Parker

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