Château d'Arsac - Le Kid d'Arsac 2019
Château d'Arsac is one of the oldest properties in Margaux: its history dates to the 12th century when it was the Seigneury of Arsac. In 1880, under the ownership of Ernest Dubosc, d'Arsac was the largest estate in the Médoc (and possibly all of France) with over 250 hectares of vines. The Château fell on hard times until it was purchased in 1986 by Philippe Raoux, who oversaw an extensive renovation of the vineyards and winemaking facilities. His leadership has made d'Arsac a hidden gem in Margaux: they were classified as a Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel (one of only 14 châteaux) in 2020; they are Haute Valeur Environnmentale (HVE) certified (a French organic/sustainability certification); and the estate features one of the most impressive art collections in the region (each year the Château commissions an artist to complete a work for their sculpture garden). 54 of the estate's 160 hectares are classified as Margaux with the balance classified as Haut-Médoc.
Le Kid d'Arsac is the second label of the Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel, Château d'Arsac. The wine is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged in 30% new oak barrels and 70% stainless steel vats; the oak aging gives the wine depth and richness, while aging in steel preserves the purity of fruit. In the glass, the wine shows a vibrant ruby color with enchanting aromas of cassis, black cherries, baked plums, sandalwood and a touch of spice. On the palate, the wine is full bodied yet soft, with a delicate acidity and smooth tannins that effortlessly coat the mouth. The finish is persistent and energetic with great fruit concentration that calls you back to the glass for another sip. Le Kid d'Arsac is a supremely approachable Margaux red that would be perfect to enjoy with a roast beef fresh out of the oven or cold on a sandwich.