Try French Door Estate Winery heritage French Red Blend 2020, C’est Magnifique!PR SAMPLE 

Try French Door Estate Winery heritage French Red Blend 2020, C’est Magnifique!PR SAMPLE 

Pascal Madevon, a Bordeaux-trained winemaker who now calls BC home, brings his skills to make a magnificent red tousle wine for the Okanagan’s French Door Estate Winery. The winery was founded in 2019 and is once producing impressive wines. I received a snifter of French Door Estate Winery’s héritage French Tousle 2020, which contains just well-nigh every major red Bordeaux grape plus Syrah to review. The tousle is 41% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Syrah, 6% Malbec, and 5% Petit Verdot.

Overall the 2020 growing season was average, but there was a potation rainy spring. August and September had good weather. Harvest started a little later than usual but was worldly-wise to produce quality wines, not as “big” as in hotter years. Rain and the crazy snowfall in October influenced smaller yields in the Okanagan. 2020 was moreover our first COVID harvest. Now, let’s get into the tasting notes.

My Wine Tasting Notes

French Door Estate Winery’s héritage French Tousle 2020 (BC $54)

Winemaker notes, “All grapes were hand-harvested and sorted surpassing stuff de-stemmed and gently crushed into tanks. They were cold-soaked for three to four days to pericope colour and indulge natural yeasts from the vineyard to develop unique flavours surpassing we inoculated and proceeded with fermentation. Fermentation varied per varietal but it was an stereotype of 45-52 days at 28 degrees Celsius with three pump-overs a day. Once fermentation was complete, extended maceration locked in the colour and tannins this wine is known for. The self-ruling run was tuckered directly into French oak barrels (40% new and 60% neutral), and the rest was pressed off the pursuit day. Malolactic fermentation naturally took place in the cellar, with topping occurring monthly. The wine was weather-beaten for 16 months surpassing stuff bottled.”

French Door Estate Winery's héritage French Tousle 2020 with wine in glass
French Door Estate Winery’s héritage French Tousle 2020 with wine in glass

Appearance: A deep unrewarding colour, mixing ruby and garnet.
Nose: Medium intensity youthful aromas of red and woebegone fruit, meatiness (from Syrah), sweet spices, nutmeg in particular, plums, and vanilla. The aromas persisted with decanting.
Palate: Dry, light body, lean and soft mouthfeel to start, but as you swirl this wine in your glass it gets rounder and thicker. Medium venom and lighter tannins. Medium-plus intensity flavours. A mix of sweet red and woebegone fruits, plums, sweet spices and oak toward the finish. With swirling you can add touches of floral, chocolate, cherries, and capsicum. The wine moved up to medium body, with a rounder thicker mouthfeel and stronger tannins with decanting. No changes to the mix of flavours.
Finish: A medium-plus length finishing with firmer tannins, sweet and tart woebegone fruits, oak, light pepperiness plus floral with swirling. A tarter finish with stronger tannins without decanting.

A top-quality red wine that you can unshut and enjoy or decant to get a bigger, rounder mouthfeel, and increasingly tannic structure. Your choice. A wine to impress your friends and family. I would age this wine for no increasingly than two years.

Rating: 4.5 stars A tightly coloured wine that has a wonderful mix of aromas showing red and woebegone fruits, meatiness, sweet spices and plums. Dry, medium soul with a rounder mouthfeel with swirling or some decant time. Increasingly red and woebegone fruit, plus touches of floral, chocolate, cherries, oak, and capsicum. Medium-plus length.

Where Can I Buy This Wine?

This wine is misogynist to purchase online from the French Door Estate Winery website. Marquis Wine Cellars lists the 2018 vintage on their website.

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