Surface: 5.65 ha Density of Plantation: 6000 vines/ha Average of the vineyard: 35 years old Soil: sloping limestone-based land with a sandy clay texture Grape Varieties: 95% merlot, 5% cabernet franc Winemaking: alcoholic fermentation in small volume thermo-rgulated tanks that are plunged manually, malolactic fermantation in barrels Ageing: wine aged in barrels for 12 months, 1/3 of which is done in new french oak barrels Productivity: 32 hl/ha Dates of Harvest: from 15 th to 18 th of October Alcoholic Degree: 14 %
Weather Conditions A cool damp spring caused a delay in the budding. Then because rainfall exceeded the vine's requirements, vegetation grew very quickly. The threat of downy mildew attack was at its highest. summer arrived after a slightly tricky period of flowering bringing about substantial but reasonnable levels of coulure (poor fruit setting). Summer was hot in particular dry, which enhanced and evenly-spread veraison. Grape skins were thick and the ripening process was long. It was an autumn vintage. Healthy grapes were brought in a satisfactory ripeness levels thanks to our clay soils.
Tasting Notes Quite impressive depth of colour and hue. The aromatic expression of this wine is already complex and rich. Aromas come through of ripe raspberry coulis mingling with spice, juniper bush, humus and white flowers. The entry of the palate is smooth without beading too braod or syrupy. Fine tight-grained tannins gradually develop in a lingering mouth-feel. A very lively palate and a very harmonius finish.
Rewards: 85-88 Wine Spectator 90 Wine Cellar 15/20 Le Figaro