Chateau Toutigeac Grande Reserve is only made in the best vintages at the chateau . . . so it is not made every year. Being oak aged the Grande Reserve has great body and power without unbalancing its structure. Its discrete woody notes combine perfectly with silky tannins while keeping the elegant aromas of fruit harvested at full maturity. Charming and intense, this wine is drinking beautifully now but also can be cellared for a few years.
You’ll notice the floral rosette design on the bottle’s top sleeve – this shows the Flower of Life on the several faces of the ancient Cross of Toutigeac, located in front of the chateau. Chateau Toutigeac is part of a very old domaine dating way back to the 12th century that was once a village. Saint Gerard established a small community there, complete with its own church dedicated to Saint Genesius. Over time the village was abandoned and the remains of the church were built into the 17th century chateau (and now form part of Toutigeac’s chai).
Toutigeac has been owned by the same family since 1928 when Charles Mallet, one time owner of the prestigious Second Growth Chateau Lascombes in Margaux, saw its sleeping potential. Not only did he save the estate but he resurrected its sleeping vineyards. The chateau has not looked back since and Charles’s descendants, brother and sister Oriane and Xavier Mazeau are now the 5th generation of wine makers at the helm. Under the family’s care Toutigeac has gone on from strength to strength with numerous awards for its wines.
With its deep flavours and smooth body the Grande Reserve is ideal with juicy steak, roast beef and lamb. It pairs very well with dark game such as venison, wild duck and pigeon as well as braised dishes and red meat in rich sauces. Oriane recommends it with soft cheeses and chocolate desserts.