2016 Chateau D’Arcie Saint Emilion
2016 Chateau D’Arcie Saint Emilion, Bordeaux Blend From France
91pts; From the eastern end of the Saint-Émilion vineyards, this wine is solidly structured and densely textured. It has a sense of power as well as potential black-fruit richness. Drink this concentrated wine from 2022. Roger Voss
In most of France, wines are named by their place of origin and not by the type of grape (with the exception of Alsace). Just like a red Burgundy is by law, always made of Pinot noir, a red Bordeaux is a blended wine composed mainly of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Depending on the laws of the village from which the grapes come, the conditions of the vintage and decisions of the winemaker, the blend can be further supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and in rare cases, Carmenere. So popular and repeated has this mix of grape varieties become worldwide, that the term, Bordeaux Blend, refers to a wine blended in this style, regardless of origin.
Saint-Émilion Grand Cru wines are produced under slightly tighter production restrictions than regular Saint-Émilion wines. As with other grand cru appellations, the intention behind this is to improve the quality, and to distinguish the area’s finer wines from the more everyday wines.
Union de Producteurs de Saint-Émilion is a cooperative wine group in Bordeaux producing a range of red wines. These are based mainly on the Merlot grape, which is sourced from 750 hectares (1850 acres) of Saint-Émilion and Saint-Émilion Grand Cru vineyards.
The cooperative was founded in 1931 during a period of economic depression. The main instigator was Robert Villepigue, who had managed Château Figeac from 1905-1928, and who later owned Château Cadet Piola. To begin with, there were just six member estates but today there are nearer 170, and the Union is responsible for around 12 percent of all production from Saint-Émilion.