Surface: 3,5 ha Density of Plantation: 6.000 p/ha Average of the Vineyard: 45 years old Soil: sloping limestone-based land with a sandy clay texture Grape Varieties: 90% merlot, 10% cabernet franc Winemaking: alcoholic fermentation in small volume therm-regulated tanks that are plunged manually, malolactic fermentation in barrels Ageing: wine aged in barrels for 18 months, 1/3 which is done in new French oak barrels Dates of Harvests: from 26th of September to 12th of October Alcoholic Degree: 15%
Winter went until the end of March, delaying bud-break; however warm weather in April accelerate vine shooting. After a rainy month of May, sunshine and dry conditions set in and brought about a fast, evenly-grouped flowering, which is a characteristic sign of great vintage. And it was ! It was the kind of vintage that allowed you to choose exactly when you wanted to pick. It was also a vintage in which different styles and creativity could be expressed.
The wine displays a deep colour, while the hot, sunny conditions of the vintage show through on the nose with notes of yellow and black fruits and touches of roots, irises and sweet spices. The noble ageing of the wine comes through angain on the palate with hints of vanilla and subtle toast. The power in mouth still comes very much to the fore at this stage bringing a sensation of warmth which needs to integrate further. This already very expressive wine still needs some time to find its harmonious balance.
91 James Suckling 91 Wine Spectator 93+ Vinous (Antono Galloni)
16 Jean Marc Quarin 90 Yves Beck 90 Wine Chronicles