NEW -- Chateau de Carolle ** A small quantity of the phenomenal 2009 vintage was found as part of the owners "Stash", and we were luckily able to obtain some. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity as 2009 vintage Bordeaux are becoming extinct. ** Graves. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. The Concours de Bordeaux Vins d'Aquitaine awarded the 2011 vintage The Silver Medal, and the 2009 is BETTER!. The Château de Carolle is located on the highest ridges of the Graves appellation This wine has a rich and complex texture, refined by very well controlled barrel aging. The red fruit aromas combined with toasted notes make this wine a perfect complement to red meat, poultry and various cheeses. The grapes are picked by hand with great care to eliminate damaged or unripe grapes. Upon arrival at the winery, they de-stem and use slow pressing. To obtain the excellent quality of grape pressings after the harvest, the grape juice and peel macerates together during the 1st fermentation for 3-4 weeks in steel tanks in order to obtain the typical Bordeaux deep red color and tannins. The wine is then moved to new oak barrels, which starts the 2nd fermentation period. Aged 12 months in oak barrels. Very dark ruby color with bright highlights, this wine also impresses with its intense bouquet of ripe black fruit, in harmony with the roasted notes, cocoa and vanilla wood. In the mouth it is the perfect balance of its tannic structure, smooth and powerful. A Graves at once robust and delicious. A steal at this price.