Surface area: 2 hectares (5 acres) Density of plantation : 6,000 vines per hectare Average of the vineyard : 20 years Soil : brown soil and limestone slopes with a sandy-clay texture Grape varieties : 95 % Merlot, 5 % Cabernet Franc Winemaking: alcoholic fermentation in small volume thermoregulated tanks Ageing : the totality for 8 months in first-fill and second-fill barrels Yield: 32 hectolitres per hectare Dates of harvests : from15 th to 18 th of October Alcoholic degree : 13%
A cool, damp spring caused a delayin the budding. Then because rainfall exceeded the vines' requirements, vegtation grew quickly. The threat of downy mildew attack was at its highest. Summer arrived after a slightly tricky period of flowering bringing about substantial but reasonable levels of coulure (poor fruit setting). Summer was hot and in particular dry, which encanced an evenly-spread veraison. Grape skins were thick and the ripening process was long. It was an autumn vintage. Healthy grapes were brought in at satisfactory ripeness levels thanks to our clay soils.
Aquite simple but very expressive nose with aromas comingthrough of ripe red berry fruit, vanilla and tomato peel. On the palate it is straight, and is tight enough to smooth out the firmness of the tannins. The finish has nice uplift brought by good acidity resulting in a sensation of freshness and flesh.