Château Cassagne Haut-Canon La Truffière 2014
"...lovely balance, walking the same line between solid fruitiness and that backbone of tannin, spice, cedar and savoury acidity, with really quite a long, gastronomic finish." Tom Cannavan
|Grape Blend||Merlot 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%, Cabernet Franc 20%|
Château Cassagne-Haut-Canon's La Truffière 2014 was Tom Cannavan's Wine of the Week. A brilliant value, relatively early drinking right bank Canon-Fronsac. It was purchased in its original wooden cases and is drinking beautifully right now, with plenty more development to come in bottle.
La Truffière is Cassagne Haut-Canon's top wine. It refers to the truffles found on the estate by the owners' dog. The château, a rather charming farmhouse, is perched on a Fronsac hilltop, with wonderful views over the Dordogne. They often say that wines reflect the winemaker's personality, and Jean-Jacques Dubois is a serious, sensitive man, who cares passionately that his fine red wines reflect the very best of his superbterroir.
"Fronsac is an unheralded but usually reliably good Bordeaux appellation on the Right Bank, where Merlot is the principal grape planted from Bordeaux's famous five. This is 60% Merlot with equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. It's proper old-fashione claret in a way, with a streak of bloodiness and game on the nose, solid and sweet black fruit, but also a little ash and earthy sense of austerity. In the mouth it has lovely balance, walking the same line between solid fruitiness and that backbone of tannin, spice, cedar and savoury acidity, with really quite a long, gastronomic finish." Tom Cannavan
Ripe red/blackcurrant fruit with touches of woodsmoke, truffle, clove and an elegant, creamy, mocha, spicy character pervading both the aromatic development and palate. Harmonious and well-balanced with sappy tannins, a mineral freshness and floral lift on the impressively persistent finish, overlaying the sucrosity of ripe fruits. A real delight now, yet with more to come...
"Fronsac is one of Bordeaux's unsung wine regions with a noble history, some great wine terroirs...Fronsac can offer some superb value." Jancis Robinson MW