Bordeaux Supérieur Rouge ‘Grande Sélection’ 2012
Château Penin, Génissac, Bordeaux Supérieur
Château Penin’s 40 hectares of vines are located between the limestone plateau and the marshland on the left bank of Bordeaux Red from the Dordogne River, facing Saint Emilion. The estate has been family owned since its beginnings in 1854, when Louis Carteyron and his son Jacques purchased it. For many years, the production was divided between fruit and wine. Hubert Carteyron began direct sales of Château Penin in bottle with the 1964 vintage. His son Patrick, representing the 5 th generation, took over the estate in 1982, after working as an oenologist for several years. The fruit production side of the farm then disappeared, making way for the vines, which were planted with the clear aim of producing quality grapes for wine. In 1985, a new vat cellar was built, enabling the temperature in the vats to be carefully controlled during fermentation and maceration. In 1990, a barrel cellar was built, along with a completely air-conditioned bottle storage cellar. In 2001, a new vinification cellar was built and in 2005, respect of the environment and of customers’ health became key priorities to be addressed: setting of quality procedures and waste treatment (recovery of washing water from cellars, treatment of this water and putting on sewage farm). The vineyard has a majority of high density Merlot planted on gravel soil. Patrick Carteyron has been making cracking Bordeaux wines for a number of years now. He consistently receives high praise for his work and is one of the new wave of Bordeaux producers who succeed in delivering great early drinking wines, whilst still keeping some of the traditional balance between fruit, tannin and acidity.
Complex, elegant and balanced with mellow tannins, rich red berry fruit and vanilla-spiced oak.
Grape: 100% Merlot