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Château Côte Montpezat
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Region: Côtes de Castillons, Bordeaux
Vineyard: Château Côte Montpezat
Variety: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec
Reviewer: Malcolm Jolley


The explosion of the wine market in 1990s meant that the grands crus, and even the second wines, from Bordeaux became quickly out-priced for the casual imbiber. At the same time, fashion was being driven by high-octane New World wines which were ready to drink right away, and the small, modest producers of Bordeaux went into crisis as American, British and Canadian consumers turned their backs on what was once the dominant red style. If you read the trade papers, you'd think that "les jeux sont fait". But not at all, there are still many excellent small independent producers. Bordeaux, after all makes more wine than all of the rest of France put together, and the 2001 Château Côte Montpezat is a perfect example of a Merlot blend. There is some irony to this, since it was made under the consutlation of Michel Rolland who was savagely vilified in the film Mondovino for making New World-style "fruit bombs". He didn't here, anyway. The Globe and Mail's Beppe Crosariol writes the Côte Montpezat "delivers pure cassis-like fruit as well as nice, classic Bordeaux notes of mineral and pencil shavings and juicy acid." Côtes de Castillons AOC is an extension of the more revered St. Emillion, any further east and it would be a Bergerac and a few miles west would mean another $20 or $30 on the price tag.


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