Château Godeau 2010
The sun-drenched vintage
Fiche Technique Bon de Commande

Surface area: 7 hectares (17 acres)
Density of plantation : 6,000 vines per hectare
Average of the vines: 35 years
Terroir : brown soil and limestone slopes with a sandy-clay texture
Grape composition: 95 % Merlot, 5 % Cabernet Franc
Vinification :in smalled-sized temperature-controlled stainless steel vats using manual pigeages. vinified for 4 weeks and with malo-lactic fermentation in barrel.
Ageing : the totality in barrels, a third of which were new, for 12 months
Yield: 35 hectolites per hectare
Harvesting dates: from 11th to 15th October
Alcoholic degree : 14,5 

Weather conditions
Contrasting weather patterns were the main characteristic of the 2010 vintage. After a long, hard winter and cool, rainy spring, vine vegetation grew unevenly, but the health of the vines was perfect. Summer weather set in at last in July with high temperatures but with drought conditions whitch lasted until August, despite cooler temperatures. The veraison went slowly and even when it was completed, full ripeness still seemed a long way off.
The summery weather in September (albeit with cool nights) and the Indian summer at the beginning of October turned things round and enable ripe and perfectly healthy grapes to be harvested. Alcoholic degree were high and very careful vinification was required to keep the wines in good balance.
Our work had only just begun!

Tasting comments
A very deep, dark purple colour, showing no signs of age. Quite expresive on the nose, extremely intense aromatically, with spice aromas coming to the fore (nutmeg, whitepeper, curry) together with black fruits in brandy (bilberries), liquorice and sandalwood. This sunny wine shows no heaviness or jammy fruit character. The palate is ample, dense and rich in the attack. Its tannic structure evolves with tickness and depth. The tannins are very fine-grained. The finish is now more balanced with sweet warmth counter-balancing lively acidity. The whole is underpinned by a saline note.

Ratings in the media
90/91 James Suckling
15,5 Jancis Robinson
91 Jeff Leve
90 Wine Spectator
** ‘‘Guide Hachette des Vins 2014’’
Médaille d' ARGENT au concours international des vins de Bruxelles 2014