Château Godeau 2016
Noteworthy because Remarkable
Fiche Technique Bon de Commande

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%

Weather Conditions
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.

Tasting Notes
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.

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