Chateau Cantenac 2016


75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc


Lieu-dit Cantenac, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux/Gironde, France
Vineyard / Estate / Viticulture:
– Soil Type: Sand on gravel and/or clay
– Management Sustainable management of the vineyard, with independent adviser
– Vintage information Great vintage, sunny with a very dry summer. Offers deep colour, pure fruit
definition, rich with fine tannins, very good balance and potential
– Special Vintage Info:
Vinification / Winemaking:
– How grapes were handled: Harvested plot by plot, by hand, followed by destemming, sorting by hand on a vibrating table and finally crushed by two soft silicone rolls
– Fermentation / Yeast Type / Vessel: Vinification plot by plot, varietal by varietal, in cement vats controlled by a thermoregulation system to keep monitored temperatures during the fermentation process. Natural and/or added yeast for fine wines if necessary
– Fermentation Management: Classic pumping over with a special pump limiting shocks. Also pumping over with nitrogen or carbonic gas.
– Reasons for this choice: For mastering the right and fine extraction colour and tannins to each vat and varietal.
– Ageing – barrels / size / time: Bordeaux barrels (225lt) 40% new oak, 90% French oak, 4 barrel makers, ageing for 12 months with 4 rackings. The first 4 months the wine is aged with glass tops to improve tannins and oak integration.
Technical Analysis:
– Residual Sugar (g/l): 0.3 g/l
– Alcohol: 14.0%
– pH: 3.53
– Total Acidity 3.16 g/l
Tasting Notes:
Beautiful deep ruby colour. Distinguished nose, pure ripe fruits, red orientated, toasted and earthy,
mild spices with a hint of mineral and floral influence. The mouth is medium to full bodied, thanks to
an excellent balance, generous with a backbone made of fine intense tannins. The finish is racy and