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SommSelect: Château Haut-Segottes, Saint Émilion Grand Cru Bordeaux, France 2006 - SommSelect

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Château Haut-Segottes, Saint Émilion Grand Cru Bordeaux, France 2006


I have to confess that I was so excited about sharing this wine that I had difficulty sleeping. Simply put, this wine has it all: some of the most prestigious wine real estate on Earth, a fascinating and soulful female winemaker, and unbeatable value. With 8 years combined in bottle and cellar, it is delicious and ready to drink right now. For the aspiring Sommelier and seasoned collector alike, today’s wine is a crash course in the pleasure of perfectly mature “farmstead” Bordeaux. I don’t often say this, but for me it is a near-perfect wine from the region - and with less than 20 cases left in the country I expect it to disappear quickly.


Danielle Meunier works the same modest farmstead her family has owned in Saint Émilion, Bordeaux since the early 1800’s. She has a bold and direct manner, and the philosophy behind her property is similarly straightforward. Château Haut-Segottes is essentially a one-woman show with winemaking done in the basement and all grapes grown in the “backyard.” Of course, this is no ordinary backyard - the property is within a designated Grand Cru and is just around the corner from its most famous estate, Château Cheval Blanc ($1,300 per bottle, mind you). This, Danielle’s only wine bottled under the Saint Émilion Grand Cru appellation, is predominantly Cabernet Franc, with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Fermentation occurs in steel tank, followed by 18 months in small oak barrels (20% new) and bottling without filtration. This simple, old school approach produces wines that are coarse in their youth, but blossom after a few years in the cellar. This 2006 is a perfectly mature example of Danielle’s impressive talent, and a reminder of why patience is a wine lover’s most valuable asset.

Danielle Meunier’s 2006 Château Haut-Segottes Saint Émilion Grand Cru is crimson in the center of the glass with slight orange and garnet hues at the rim. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied with a dense mid palate with silky, mature tannins and a noticeably lengthy finish. Aromatically, it is a chameleon from the moment the cork is pulled. Black currant and cedar one moment, pipe tobacco and black truffles the next, then wet stone and graphite - it evolves dramatically and continuously until the bottle is empty. This is a truly cerebral wine and best enjoyed slowly over many hours, perhaps with a meal of simply prepared lamb or beef.  Serve in a large Bordeaux stem at 60 degrees, and decant only if sharing with a group.
Danielle Meunier works the same modest farmstead her family has owned in Saint Émilion, Bordeaux since the early 1800’s. She has a bold and direct manner, and the philosophy behind her property is similarly straightforward. Château Haut-Segottes is essentially a one-woman show with winemaking done in the basement and all grapes grown in the “backyard.” Of course, this is no ordinary backyard - the property is within a designated Grand Cru and is just around the corner from its most famous estate, Château Cheval Blanc ($1,300 per bottle, mind you). This, Danielle’s only wine bottled under the Saint Émilion Grand Cru appellation, is predominantly Cabernet Franc, with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Fermentation occurs in steel tank, followed by 18 months in small oak barrels (20% new) and bottling without filtration. This simple, old school approach produces wines that are coarse in their youth, but blossom after a few years in the cellar. This 2006 is a perfectly mature example of Danielle’s impressive talent, and a reminder of why patience is a wine lover’s most valuable asset.

Danielle Meunier’s 2006 Château Haut-Segottes Saint Émilion Grand Cru is crimson in the center of the glass with slight orange and garnet hues at the rim. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied with a dense mid palate with silky, mature tannins and a noticeably lengthy finish. Aromatically, it is a chameleon from the moment the cork is pulled. Black currant and cedar one moment, pipe tobacco and black truffles the next, then wet stone and graphite - it evolves dramatically and continuously until the bottle is empty. This is a truly cerebral wine and best enjoyed slowly over many hours, perhaps with a meal of simply prepared lamb or beef.  Serve in a large Bordeaux stem at 60 degrees, and decant only if sharing with a group.





Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-Region Saint Émilion Grand Cru
Varietal Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Production n/a
Alcohol 13%
Oak 20% New French
Soil Gravel and Clay
Farming n/a
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Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-Region Saint Émilion Grand Cru
Varietal Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Production n/a
Alcohol 13%
Oak 20% New French
Soil Gravel and Clay
Farming n/a
SommSelect: Château Haut-Segottes, Saint Émilion Grand Cru Bordeaux, France 2006 - SommSelect SommSelect: Château Haut-Segottes, Saint Émilion Grand Cru Bordeaux, France 2006 - SommSelect

$42

Buy 3 and we‘ll include shipping.*

“This property is just around the corner from the esteemed Château Cheval Blanc.”

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