Surface Area: 3,5 ha Density of Plantation: 6,000 pvines/ha Average of the Vineyard: 45 years old Terroir:slopes of limestone brown soils with clay texture Grapes composition: 90% merlot, 10% cabernet franc Vinification: in small-cpacity, temperature-controlled stainlesssteel vats, with manual punching down of the caps of skins. Vinification during 4 weeks andmalo-lactic fermentation in barrels. Ageing: wholly in barrels, of which ar third are new, for 18 months Hravesting dates: from 11th to 20th of October Alcoholic Degree: 15%
2016 is something of a miracle. "A sad film with a happy ending" (S. Derenoncourt) It began quite catastrophically with very high rainfall for the season. Managing the vine canopy was particulary tricky account of the consequent severe threat of fungal disease outbreak. The weather settled for a spell at the beginning of June, enabling good, very fast flowering. Then from the end of June, fine, sunny weather set in until the harvest. The grapes ripened nice and slowly while preserving good acidities, helped by while diurnal temperature variation. The soils on our slopes helped regulate moisture supply to the vines during the summer drought conditions. The vines therefore suffered no stress and never shut down.
A deep, dark, purple colour. An intense, fruity, spicy nose. A full entry on the palate leading to a very fruity, savoury mid-palate with a classy texture expressing good flavour and layers of fruit. A complex finish with coated, fleshy tannins. The oak from the ageing has been perfectly integrated.
90 Wine Cellar 90-92 Wine Advocate 89-92 Wine Spectator 89-90 James Suckling 16,5 Jean-Marc Quarin 91 Tim Atkin 16,5 Bernard Brutshy 89-91 Ulrich Sautter 3* Peter Schleimer Coup de Coeur for Jeremy Lee William