Château Martin has produced a delightful, rich 2015 Graves that we knew we had to buy when we first tasted. Their vineyards were first planted in the 17th century by Monks who had a keen eye as to what was the best terroir in the region, and no doubt drunk considerable quantities of it as well as selling the rest in barrels in Bordeaux to finance their Order.
Today those vineyards continue the tradition making an excellent merlot and cabernet blend with just the right amount of oak aging. The 2015 vintage was awarded a gold medal by Gilbert & Gaillard as well as a 90 point score from the Wine Enthusiast. No mean feat for a modestly priced claret.
Chateau Martin Rouge 2015 (750ml) Production
area: AOC Graves, Bordeaux, France
Grape varieties: 65%Merlot 25% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Cabernet Franc
# 13%Alcohol Degree
# Ripe Red Fruit Aroma
# Lovely Smoky taste
# The mouthfeel is round, frank and harmonious, with a strong sense of balance and high finish
# Suitable for red meat
Graves is situated on the left bank of the Garonne river, southeast of the city Bordeaux. This wine has clear ruby color with medium intensity. The nose reveals seductive notes of red berries, tobacco and spices. Wine is dry, with medium to full acidity and low to medium tannic structure with a good balance. In mouth very smooth with aromas of raspberry. Wine has medium body. Finish is medium. It is good to very good wine. Serve it with foie gras or red meat. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Deep dark red in colour with rich aromas of ripe fruit and a hint of smokiness. A long lingering finish and close to its peak. It has another good five years ahead of it. Perfect with red meat – actually almost anything! Very well made.