2017 Marquis de Lafayette

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2017 Marquis de Lafayette
2017 Marquis de Lafayette

This wine is a classic expression of the Cabernet Franc grape. Rich color and aro-mas redolent of dark cherry and spices signal an exceptionally well balanced wine that carries those aromas directly onto the pallet.

Tasting notes

Color: Ruby

Aromas: Dark cherry and sawdust

Taste: Dark cherry and leather.

Production notes

Aged 17 months French oak.

VarietalCabernet Franc
Varietal Composition90% Cabernet Franc
7% Petit Verdot
3% Merlot
AppellationLoudoun County, VA
VineyardBreaux Vineyards - T, X & L Blocks
Harvest Date09/08/2017
Acid5.6 mg/L
Aging17 months French oak
Residual Sugar0%
Wine StyleDry - Off Dry Red
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date03/13/2019
Cases Produced837 Cases + 10 Bottles

Silver - 2020 Virginia Governor's Cup

2017 Virginia Commercial Grape Report Season Summary

Virginia’s 2017 growing season was characterized by unusually high temperatures. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Virginia’s statewide temperate average was 57.3 degrees – making 2017 the state’s fourth-warmest year since 1895.

Overall, Virginia’s precipitation was a bit lower than average causing occasional flare-ups of dry conditions across the state which also contributed to a bumper crop statewide.

Yield per acre for this year's respondents was 23% higher than for 2016 respondents. Part of this increase is due to low yields last year, however 2017 reported yields were also 14% higher than 2015 respondents, a near normal year.

The unusually high temperatures and lower than average precipitation throughout the year gave bountiful harvests to many growers across the state.

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