This small estate Saint-Emilion estate is located next to the super-pricey Château Petrus and Château Cheval Blanc. It is made with 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and aged in oak barrel for 12 months. Ripe and elegant ripe plum, blackcurrant and toasty notes. Perfect with roast lamb or Montgomery cheddar.
In Bordeaux to the right of the Gironde Estuary (Right Bank) the soils are clay heavy favouring Merlot over Cabernet Sauvignon. A typical Right Bank wine is 80% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Franc. Wines are medium bodied and velvety with rich plum and chocolate character and sometimes have a distinctive ferrous and sanguine edge.
Château La Croix Chantecaille takes its name after the Chantecaille locality in Saint- Emilion, near its border with Pomerol. The 8.5 hectare estate is a neighbour of Château Pétrus and Château Cheval Blanc, The estate has belonged to the same family since 1879.
Saint-Émilion is a key wine town in the Libournais district of Bordeaux, important in terms of both quality and quantity. It lies just a few miles north of the Dordogne. The town is renowned as much for its beautiful buildings and scenery as for its wine. Unlike the wines of the Médoc (which focus heavily on Cabernet Sauvignon), Saint-Émilion wines are predominantly made from Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
Right Bank Merlot blends are richer than their Left Bank counterparts thanks to a higher proportion of Merlot. Good acidity and supple tannins means they are excellent with grilled steak and lamb, roast beef and mature hard cheeses like cheddar.