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Domaine Du Castel Grand Vin 2010

Domaine Du Castel - Judean Hills - Israel

Professional Wine Reviews for Domaine Du Castel Grand Vin 2010

Rated 90 by Robert Parker
The 2010 Grand Vin, like the Petit Castel this year, is a big wine (15%+ alcohol), essentially a Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) and Merlot (25%) blend with Petit Verdot at 5%. It adds quite a bit of solidity compared to the Petit Castel this year and that extra mid-palate depth may serve it in good stead for providing some counterpoints to both the alcohol and the tannins. After some 3 hours open, the Petit Castel had pretty much gone where it was going to go, while this was still deep and sevolving. This is powerful, but it still seems both more impressive and better balanced than its little brother, needing... read more... Additional information »
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Winery: Domaine Du Castel

Vintage: 2010

2010 saw extremely high quality viticulture in many parts of the world, with an exceptionally long and hot summer providing huge benefits for wineries across many countries, especially in the southern hemisphere. The northern hemisphere and Europe saw something of a cooler summer and flowering period, but this was by no means as disastrous as it could have been. France, especially, had a fantastic year in 2010, with the world renowned Burgundy region proclaiming that their white wines of this year are ones to look out for, and despite yields being relatively small across much of the country, the quality was exceptionally high. Spain, too, received some cooler weather, but Rioja and the rest of central Spain are hailing 2010 as a very good year indeed, again as a result of smaller, finer yields. California also received similar climatic conditions, but again, wineries are highly positive about the overall effect this had on their produce, as the slightly challenging conditions resulted in smaller yields of much elegance and distinction. 2010 was really Australia's year, and in South Australia and across the Mornington Peninsula, Chardonnay vines produced good yields with a lower sugar level than in previous years. As such, the majority of South Australian white wines from 2010 are superb, and packed full of character. Shiraz also had a great year, and most Australian wineries have been proclaiming 2010 one of the great vintages. Both the Argentinian and Chilean wine industries benefited from some ideal climatic conditions this year, and are reportedly ecstatically pleased with the fact that their 2010 wines ended up with lower alcohol levels, and were beautifully balanced wines packed full of flavor.

Region: Judean Hills

The ancient Judean Hills in Israel is possibly one of the world's most interesting wine regions, with a history which dates back to biblical times, and which has helped shape the world we live in today. The region was cultivating grapevines in ancient times, however, several times throughout the history of the Judean Hills and the surrounding areas, alcohol production and consumption was prohibited, and vineyards destroyed. The wine industry in the Judean Hills was resurrected sometime in the early 19th century, and it took the billionaire Rothschild family to bring it to its feet, and create the successful wine region that it is today. Hundreds of vineyards were planted with vines imported from the Bordeaux region of France, and before long, the hot climate and rich soils had helped produce healthy and flavorful crops, full of the fascinating flavors and aromas associated with the region to this day.

Country: Israel

For thousands of years, Israel has been an important country for wine production, with major wine regions growing thousands of acres of grapevines in the hot Mediterranean climate. The land itself is ideal for wine production, and has a mineral rich limestone based soil which helps ensure the grapes grow to full ripeness. Many of the vineyards of Israel are located at high altitudes, such as the popular and successful vineyards of Golan Heights in the Galil region, where the cooler temperatures and strong breezes create an ideal environment in which the imported French grape varietals can grow. Indeed, French grape varietals make up for the vast majority of grapes grown in Israel, with Cabernet Sauvigon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grapes growing in all five wine regions of the country.