A rare opportunity to obtain Mathilde de La Fleur Morange in a Magnum. Magnum sized bottles hold the equivalent of 2 wine bottles and are extremely popular with Bordeaux collectors and enthusiasts. Size matters! The larger the bottle, the better the aging process and the better the wine inside. The reason behind this is that the small amount of air in the neck of the Magnum and the large volume of wine in the bottle mean that it matures slowly. The wine develops more complexity and evolves greater depth in Magnums when compared with wine inside smaller bottles. Also, larger bottles, due to the thicker glass, are less likely to experience temperature variations. Steady temperatures can help wine age more evenly. This is why Magnums are used at impressive dinner parties and banquets, as the wine within is consistent – unlike wines poured from 75cl bottles which may have small differences despite being from the same wine maker and vintage. Magnums are also often purchased as gifts for young children, who can then serve the wine at their 18th or 21st birthday or wedding.
Made from 100 year old vines on unique soil, Mathilde is the Second Wine from Chateau La Fleur Morange. Having enjoyed meteoric success, with excellent reviews from wine critics across the globe, this little chateau started from humble beginnings on an ancient plot in Saint Pey d’Armens in Saint Emilion at the turn of the millenium. The brain child of Jean Francois Julien, La Fleur Morange has seen amazing success. The soils here were discovered to be the same iron rich clay that produces world famous Chateau Petrus in Pomerol. Using this exceptional terroir the gifted wine maker Jean Francois Julien, aided by brilliant oenologist Claude Gros, has produced wines that hit the headlines. Their achievements were rewarded when the chateau was raised to the status of Grand Cru Classe in 2012 – a tremendous award for such a new venture!
Flexible and food friendly the 2008 Mathilde is superb with roast lamb and rich casseroles, steak and duck. The perfect partner for venison, Mathilde also pairs well with pigeon, wild boar, pheasant and game pie.
Critics Scores: Robert Parker 92 points.
This La Fleur Morange Mathilde is a fabulous effort. Exuberant, hedonistic quantities of white chocolate, black currants, sweet cherries and Christmas fruitcake soar from the glass of this dense ruby/purple-tinged wine. Medium to full-bodied, round, fleshy and succulent, this is a major sleeper of the vintage.
‘This wine merits serious attention. A seductive, sexy, fruity, 100% Merlot, it is an unpretentious St.-Emilion that will seduce the senses and provide enormous pleasure’.
Learn more about Mathilde and La Fleur Morange on Nicks Blog: Chateau La Fleur Morange – how an extra was cast as the star