Saint-Émilion Grand Cru
Under water ! Overall this year was colder and particularly watered (+ 40% on average). This gave us a lot of problems because it is the cocktail that the vine hates. The cold and rainy spring caused a slow but continuous growth of vegetation. From bud break to flower, growth was average observed over previous vintages. The rain at the time of flowering caused a lot of shatter on the Merlot. Then the hailstorms which followed one another throughout the summer caused some damage but above all brought enough water so that the vines did not stop growing. This causes a significant delay in maturity and also a delay in the storage and at the same time a significant parasite pressure. We chose to harvest at the beginning of October, clearly favoring the state of health over a hypothetical maturity that would not have been reached anyway. We have brought into our vats a beautiful, fresh but fragile harvest with phenological maturity. The vinifications on these vintages are both essential to get the best out of each berry but at the same time complex and dangerous to avoid any organoleptic deviation and to preserve the color. This is where we measure the quality of the oenologist!
Bright color, of good intensity, dark cherry red. The first nose expresses itself on fresh woody notes, vanilla, cocoa bean, then opens with agitation on red fruits, wild strawberry. The ripe strawberry aspects are more and more noticeable as the air is taken in, underlined by notes of fresh spices. The palate is supple and full, tasty with polished tannins. Wine signed by a mastered elegance, which takes all its measure in a complicated vintage for the appellation.
Julien Belle - Décember 2015
Gold Medal Concours Mondial des Vins Féminalise 2017
Bronze Medal Challenge International du Vin 2016
2013 is by far the most complicated vintage of the turn of the century. Rain, rain and rain; this is the summary of a trying season. The challenge was to bring the ripened grapes in a correct state of health. We have favored health status over perfect maturity. This ultimately gives this wine a lightness, freshness and very pleasant fruitiness for the palate. It is of particular interest as an aperitif or with dishes with a not too strong taste.