Domaine de Baronarques Red Limoux 2018
So, ok, heck yeah, rock on with your bad ‘ol selves!! It’s a rare day to have a few cases of a Rothschild family wine to sell, and this is only the second time we’ve ever laid EYES on it!! At WAY BELOW retail, from a winery dating back to the 17th century! Yes, indeed it is. This is STELLAR, pedigreed, fantastic Bordeaux-styled (Cabernet, Merlot, Franc, etc.), rich, powerful red from the Limoux region of France, about a 4 hour drive from Bordeaux, and don’t forget the amazing quality of the 2018 vintage in this mix as well!! OH, AND let's not forget 94 POINTS! A tremendous overdeliverer, kids, and NOT for the shy.
Fun fact: we sold the ‘15 some years ago and it is, to this day, one of our fastest-selling, most-loved wines for hardcore LBers. Don’t skip a second to grab it...might be another 3 years before we get more!
The Rothschilds know their land (they have owned this special property since just 1998) and know their wine and have made huge upgrades in this part of France. Stylistically, the Baron’Arques is made the same as Mouton-Rothschild, but you have a gutsier feel here, a more LUSTY hand --- yes, gutsy, ripe, wild blackberry, deep, dark plum, crushed flowers and earth for days. A whiff of roasting coffee and a wild, long, spicy finish that lingers for the rest of the day. Warm, inviting and balanced...this is a treat to drink --- but at our price, c’mon! Did we mention 94 points? We brought this in direct from the Domaine, and you will NOT see a finer price --- Bordeaux badassness in Southwest France! Very little to go around…while it lasts…!
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“Extremely polished and refined with blackberry, blueberry and blackcurrant aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, fine and lightly chewy tannins. Stone, violet and wet-earth undertones. Drinkable now, but better after 2022.”
Domaine de Baronarques is a very old estate, dating back at least to the 17th Century, when it was called Domaine de Lambert. At the time, the estate belonged to the Abbey of Saint-Polycarpe, a village near Limoux in the Aude department of Southern France.
- Country: France
- Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
- Appellation: Limoux
- Blend: 47% Merlot 25% Cabernet Franc 21% Syrah 5% Malbec 2% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Varietal: Red Blend
- Aging/Cooperage: 12 months in French oak barrels 25% new barrels 75% in one- to three-vintage barrels
- Harvest Date: Because of the late summer heat, picking started with the Merlot on 28 September, a few days earlier than the average, and ended with a last parcel of Malbec on 17 October
- Alcohol: 15.00%
About The Producer
After changing hands several times, the estate was sold to Michel Tisseyre in 1875. The Tisseyre family extended the vineyard – it covered 48 hectares (120 acres) in 1910 – and between 1890 and 1900 built themselves an attractive residence with a terrace and a garden.
In 1998 Mr. Chéreau, a Marseilles lawyer and heir of the estate, sold it to Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and her two sons. The three entrusted the management of the Domaine to the family company, Baron Philippe de Rothschild S.A. The estate was very run down, calling for extensive renovation of the vineyard and the winemaking facilities, a process that took five years.
In 2003, Domaine de Baronarques benefited from a fortunate conjunction of circumstances: the wine proved to be of very high quality and the Domaine was awarded the AOC Limoux rouge appellation, newly created by the Institut National des Appellations d’Origine (INAO). Domaine de Baronarques could take its rightful place alongside the family’s other estates, including the illustrious Château Mouton Rothschild.
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