Château Godeau 2012
The elegant
Fiche Technique Bon de Commande

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