2017 Château Greysac Médoc
Aug 2023 Selection
The 2017 Château Greysac Médoc is a classic French red blend with pleasing complex flavors and a long and elegant finish.
Built during the 18th century, Château Greysac is a beautiful mansion that has changed hands numerous
times. Some of its most famous owners have included Georges Héreil, the creator of the Caravelle airplane,
and the Italian Agnelli family, owners of Ferrari and Fiat. Today it is owned by Jean Guyon who fell in love with it in 2012 and decided to bring it to its prime.
Located on the edge of the Gironde, its soil is composed of rolled pebble quaternary soil and a clay-limestone subsoil. Understanding the terroir is the key to success at this Château. Today, their characteristic style is one of great aromatic finesse, combined with precise, sumptuous fruit flavors that develop in elegance and complexity over time.
One of the most—if not the most—famous red-wine regions of the world, the Médoc reaches from the city of Bordeaux northwest along the left bank of the Gironde River almost all the way to the Atlantic. Its vineyards climb along a band of flatlands, sandwiched between the coastal river marshes and the pine forests in the west. The entire region can only claim to be three to eight miles wide (at its widest), but it is about 50 miles long.
Impressive chateaux disperse themselves among the magically well-drained gravel soils that define the area. This optimal soil draining capacity is completely necessary and ideal in the Médoc's damp, maritime climate. The gravel also serves well to store heat in cooler years.
This classic red blend consists of 65% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit
Verdot. The grape vines are an average 35 years old and are planted on a clay-gravel hilltop.
After harvest maceration (the process by which the wine gains color, flavor and tannins by contact with the
skin during fermentation) lasts for 4 to 5 weeks in temperature-controlled stainless-steel and cement tanks.
This is followed by malolactic fermentation in oak. The wine is then aged for a year, half in one-year old French oak barrels and half in cement tanks.
The resulting wine is a deep ruby red in color. The 2017 vintage is described by the winemaker as having red
berry flavors with notes of spice, chocolate and bell pepper in the background. The tannins are round and
balanced and the finish is long and elegant.
This wine will pair well with all meats and poultry. It will also pair well with wild mushrooms and strong