Surface: 2 ha Density of plantation: 6,000 vines/ha Average of the vineyard: 20 years old Soil: sloping limestone-based land with a sandy clay texture Grape varieties: 80% merlot, 20% cabernet franc Winemaking: alcoholic fermentation in small volume thermo-regulated tanks Ageing: the totality in French oak barrels during 12 months Productivity:32 hl/ha Dates of harvest: from 14 th to 18 th of October Alcoholic degree: 13.5 %
Weather Conditions A cool damp spring caused a delay in the budding, then, because rainfall exceeded the vine's requirements, vegetation grew quickly. The threat of down mildew attack was at its highest. Summer arrived after a slightly tricky period of flowering bringing about substantial but reasonable levels of coulure (poor fruit setting). Summer was hot and in paticular dry, which enhanced an 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 A quite simple but very expressive nose with aromas coming through of ripe red berry fruits vanilla and tomato peel. On the palate it is straight, and is tight enough to smooth out the firmness of the tannins. The finish has nice uplift brought by good acidity resulting in a sensation of freshness and flesh.