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Reserve de la Comtesse Pauillac - $59.99

Wine Details

Vintage: 2003
Price: $59.99
Producer: Reserve de la Comtesse
Region: Pauillac
Varietal: Bordeaux - Red
Container Size: 750 ML
Flavors:
  • Red Wine
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Food Pairings

Category Pairing
Cheese Mozzarella, Sharp Cheddar, Blue Cheese, Feta, Goat Cheese
Red Meat Roast Beef, Beef Stew, Lamb, Lamb Stew, Salami, Sausage, Variety Meats or Organ Meats, Kidney
Poultry & Eggs Spicy Chicken Dishes
Vegetables Ratatouille
Sauces Red Wine Sauce
Herbs & Spices Anise, Fennel Seed, Tarragon, Bay Leaf, Lavender, Mint, Rosemary, Thyme
Cheese Aged Cheddar

Wine Terms

Name Value
Bordeaux A region in western France that grows famous red wines from the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc grapes and white wines from Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle grapes. Situated on the Atlantic coast, Bordeaux has a maritime climate with warm summers and fairly mild winters as well as an abundance of rain during harvest time. When young, the finest red Bordeaux wines have a deep cranberry hue and aromas of blackcurrants, plums, spice, cedar, and cassis. For the first ten years or so these wines can be very dry, with tannin masking the fruity flavors. Eventually the wines turn garnet, and develops an extraordinarily complex bouquet and flavor as well as softer tannins. The finest red Bordeaux wines still take 20 years or so before reaching their maturity. Two distinct red wine production zones exist within the Bordeaux region; the Left Bank and the Right Bank. The Left Bank vineyards are located west of the Garonne River and the Gironde Estuary, into which the Garonne empties. The Right Bank vineyards are east and north of the Dordogne River and east of the Grionde Estuary. Of the various wine districts on the Left and Right Banks, four are the most important for red wines: Haut-Médoc; Pessac-Leognan, St-Emilion, and Pomerol. For white wines, the most important are Graves and Pessac-Leognan.
France France is the standard bearer for all the world’s wines, with regard to the types of grapes that are used to make wine and with the system of defining and regulating winemaking. Its Appellation d’Origine Controlee, or AOC system, is the legislative model for most other European countries. Most French wines are named after places. The system is hierarchical; generally the smaller and more specific the region for which a wine is named, the higher its rank. There are four possible ranks of French wine, and each is always stated on the label: Appellation Contrôlée (or AOC), Vin Délimité de Qualité Supérieure (or VDQS); Vin de pays, or country wine; and Vin de table. France has five major wine regions, although there are several others that make interesting wines. The three major regions for red wine are Bordeaux, Burgundy, and the Rhone; for white wines, the regions are Burgundy, the Loire and Alsace. Each region specialized in certain grape varieties for its wines, based on climate, soil, and local tradition. Two other significant French wine regions are Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon, both in the south of France. Cahors, in the southwest of the country, produces increasingly good wines.
Pauillac (poy yac)— a commune in the Haut Medoc district of Bordeaux. Its wines are rich, powerful, firm and tannic, with blackcurrant and cedar aroma and flavors. Home to three of Bordeaux’s most famous wines: Lafitte-Rothschild, Mouton-Rothschild, and Latour.

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