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Les Légendes R Médoc

Les Légendes R Médoc

Presentation

The Lafite Rothschild family has been producing wine in Bordeaux since 1868. For six generations, they got to know this beautiful landscape and understand the unique traits of the vines from each appellation. Three decades ago, the family was inspired to create a new wine series, where each wine would be the epitome of the appellation it came from. Their motivation was simple – to ensure wine lovers everywhere could dive into Bordeaux and taste the originality of each appellation. And so, Les Légendes R range was born.

The vintage

Even though the 2020 season was rather whimsical, the winter was very mild winter, which favored early budbreak. The spring was wet and rainy, leading to some failed fruit set on some vines and increasing the risk of powdery mildew. During the summer, a heat wave, and an unprecedented drought (no rainfall between mid-June and mid-August) blocked berry ripening in some lots. The 2020 harvest was historically early and took place under a heat wave that lasted through the harvest period. The 2020 Médoc wines are powerful, fresh, and elegant, with reasonable alcohol levels, good-density tannins, and higher acidity than previous vintages.

Location

Médoc Appellation stretches on the left bank of the Gironde Estuary, North of Bordeaux.

Terroir

Médoc benefits from an exceptional situation and a unique terroir. The gravelly hilltops characteristics of the region produce great wines with great aging potential. Wines coming from clay and limestone terroir are fine and elegant and can be appreciated in their youth.

Vinification

This wine is made according to the traditional Bordeaux method, which includes destemming and pressing of the grapes before fermentation in stainless steel vats equipped with automatic temperature control. Maceration lasts about 3 weeks, along which pumping-over is carried out to extract tannins and color. Thirty percent of the batches are aged in barrels before the final blend is prepared.

Tasting

Deep purple red color.
Discreet and elegant nose of very ripe fruit, such as black currant, with spicy notes, such as clove. When swirled, smoky and mocha notes appear, evidencing barrel aging. The attack on the palate is ample and silky, the tannins are dense and firm, and the finish is fresh. It is a full-bodied, powerful wine that will evolve in the bottle over the next 5 years.

Alcohol content

13

Grapes

Cabernet sauvignon : 55 %
Merlot : 45 %