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.
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