Les Légendes Médoc
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot
The Rothschild family has been producing wine in Bordeaux since 1868. For six generations, they got to know this beautiful landscape and understand the unique traits of the vines from each appellation. Three decades ago, the family was inspired to create a new wine series, where each wine would be the epitome of the appellation it came from. Their motivation was simple: to ensure wine lovers everywhere could dive into Bordeaux and taste the originality of each appellation. And so, the Les Légendes range was born.
The production of Les Légendes wines is supervised by our oenologist, Diane Flamand. The new Les Légendes range has greatly benefited from Diane’s ambition to create long term partnerships with vineyard growers around each appellation. Domaines Barons de Rothschild Lafite has made excellence in wine-making practices the basis of its development. Diane creates wines following the same approach: passion, discipline, humility, excellence and harmony.
For over 150 years, our master winemakers have been crafting the finest Bordeaux wines. Generations of local knowledge have taught our grape growers exactly how to create the most exceptional Médoc. This peninsula takes its name from the latin ‘In medio Aquae’, meaning in the middle of the waters. It’s this unique situation between Gironde Estuary and the Atlantic that ensures the slow ripening of the cabernet sauvignon, the king of grapes, which gives our Médoc its extraordinary taste.TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES
Médoc Appellation stretches on the left bank of the Gironde Estuary, north of Bordeaux; It benefits from an exceptional situation and a unique terroir. The gravelly hilltops characteristics of the region produce great wines with great aging potential. Wines coming from clay and limestone terroir are fine and elegant and can be appreciated in their youth.
2019 was a year of contrasts, and was characterized by tremendous variation. A cool spring, scorching heat in the summer and dry weather throughout the year prevented the development of diseases. However, cold, rainy weather in June disrupted flowering, and water stress, which varied depending on the area and the terroir, resulted in some instances of ripening being checked. The berries were therefore small, resulting in lower than usual yields. Fortunately, there was some rain after September 22nd, which relaunched the ripening process and enabled the red grape varieties to reach a good level of maturity.
This wine is made in the traditional Bordeaux methods: grapes are destemmed and crushed before being placed in thermoregulated stainless steel tanks for fermentation. Total maceration time lasts approximately three weeks, with regular pump overs to obtain a good concentration of tannins and color. The wine is then ready for ageing under oak (around 50% of the final blend).TASTING NOTES
Beautiful deep garnet color. The aromatic nose is dominated by spicy aromas (vanilla and nutmeg). The palate is full-bodied, supple and balanced with subtle, perfectly integrated oaky notes, continuing into a long spicy finish. A fine example of this elegant vintage in the Médoc.