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CHATEAU CHEVALIER D'ALBRAN 2009

£10.74

Medium bodied, classic Claret offering great value.  Silky smooth and elegant.  Flavours of blackberries, sweet black currants and strawberries with hints of oak, vanilla and bell pepper. 

70% Merlot 15% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.  13.5% abv.  75cl

Thanks for the stir on this wine. Had my second bottle last night and we really enjoyed it.
Review by: Ralph Pewse, 16/08/2011

I have just opened a bottle of this wine which I found smooth and fruity for a wine so young . . . very nice! Looking forward to tasting the others from the mixed case I bought
Review by: Damien Trent, 16/08/2011

The Chevalier d'Albran 2008 is a classic claret. good colour. On the nose there is ahint of toast blackcurrant and blackberry. Well balanced and ripe for drinking now, clean an easy on the palate, firmer than the Belair and suitable for heavier meats as it is more robust, a slight taste of truffles/mushrooms on the finish. Not quite as elegant as the Belair which I think is delicate.
Review by: John Dowell, 08/08/2011

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Medium bodied, classic Claret offering great value.  Silky smooth and elegant.  Flavours of blackberries, sweet black currants and strawberries with hints of oak, vanilla and bell pepper. 

70% Merlot 15% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.  13.5% abv.  75cl

Description and Press Reviews
Wine Style: Medium Bodied Red  

Chateau Chevalier d'Albran is made by Chateau Mondain in the tiny hamlet of Juillac, close to Castillon La Bataille, on the left bank of the River Dordogne.  The Ciroli family have been making wine here since the second world war and the third generation are now in charge. 

The Ciroli's named Chevalier d'Albran in homage to the legendary Knight who defended Juillac during the Aquitaine Conquests in the late 1350s against The Black Prince.  It's said the Black Prince, son of King Edward III, acquired his name from the ornate black armour his father gave him when he was 16 after his victory at Crecy.   Darker tales say he got his nick name due to his marauding through the lands of Juillac, Armagnac and Asterac.

Chevalier d'Albran's fruit driven flavours enhance many meals and it is the ideal partner for lamb, pork or beef, charcuterie (grilled meats), spare ribs – try it with Asian dishes based on Hoisin sauce or Char Siu barbequed pork.   

Gary White:  Chelsea and Fulham Wine Society

Tasted 03/09/11 with Beata, Sara and Jean Marc. 13.5%. Deeper purple colour. Great aromas of cassis, toasty oak and pencil box, the most classically claret-like of the four wines tasted. Dark fruits and hint of bell peppers and some vanilla in the mouth. Good grip, firm tannins, fruit slightly masked for now but long finish. Reminds me of a young Right Bank wine. Superb value. From 2013, 16.5 / 20.




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