Chateau Villars Fronsac 2011
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The vineyards of Fronsac and Canon Fronsac are laid out on the “rightbank” hillsides and high plateaus that overlook the Dordogne River. Together the two appellations have 1130 hectares under vine. This is slightly more than Pomerol and one fifth the amount planted in Saint Emilion. Chateau Villars has been owned by the Gaudrie family since the beginning of the 19th century with Jean Claude and Brigitte Gaudrie and their three sons representing the fifth and sixth generations. The vines are an average age of 35 years and are planted to 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is aged in barrel, one third new for 10 to 14 months, and fined but not filtered. A classic.