Calvet - Vieux Chateau des Combes
Calvet - Vieux Chateau des Combes

Red Wine Calvet - Vieux Chateau des Combes 2014

  • Blend 10% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 60% Merlot
  • Appellation Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
  • UPC 873964002669

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Item# 12921-14

Product Ratings

Wine Enthusiast 90pt

Vinification

Vieux Chateaux des Combes is located in Saint-Christophe-des-Bardes, just five kilometers away from the historic village of Saint-Emilion. Its name allows us to think that there were already some wine produced here in the 17th century when the Benedictine abbey was built and vines were planted, scat-tered around the buildings, growing on little hills and valles, known as combes. The Chateaux today is surrounded by vineyards, copses, trees and a half-hectare pond. It has kept the calm dignity of a spot for quite contemplation that is perfect for making a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru of the highest quality.

Estate

Calvet, one of the oldest French wine brands in the world, was founded in 1818 by Jean-Marie Calvet. Eldest son of Dr. Gabriel Calvet and Anne Seriziat, Jean-Marie was born in 1789 in Anse, a small village north of Lyon. From his moth-er, whose family owned vineyards in Tain-l’Hermitage in the Rhone Valley, Jean-Marie inherited a passion for wine, founding Calvet in 1818 to commer-cialize the family’s wines. Jean-Marie and his son Octave expanded their busi-ness to Bordeaux, opening an office in 1849, and expanded to Burgundy in 1870, to become the largest wine company in France in the 19th and most of the 20th century. While Calvet was sold in New York as early as 1882, its focus was primarily Eu-rope, Argentina and Asia, and so its presence in the USA had all but disap-peared by the late 1990s. Sixth generation négociant and direct descendant Jean-Christophe Calvet, and his eldest son Jean-Sebastien Calvet, in partner-ship with Les Grands Chais de France, are re-introducing Calvet back into the USA market.

Food Pairing

Pairs with red and white meat, roasted vegetables and soft cheese.

Tasting Notes

The nose is complex and powerful. Fruity and spicy notes due to red fruits and Morello cherry aromas. Well balance with notes of cherry jam and vanilla on the palate. Long and persistent finish.
 

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