2012 L’Orme de Rauzan-Gassies - Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France (750ml)
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L’Orme is the second label of the prestigious classified growth, Chateau Rauzan-Gassies, a sprawling 28.5 hectare estate which dates back to the 17th century. It’s a blend of approximately 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet grown on the sandy gravel soils of the Medoc, just outside Margaux. Hand harvested, vinified in stainless steel and aged for twelve months in French oak barrels, this is a classic left bank Bordeaux - full-bodied with ripe cassis flavors, notes of violet, vanilla and sandalwood, followed by a firm, dry, tannic finish that has mellowed slightly with age. Enjoy this close cousin to some of the world’s most legendary reds at a fraction of the price, with a great rib eye or porterhouse.