Bordeaux - Saint-Émilion Grand Cru
Appellation: Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Varietal: 100% Merlot
Terroir: Terroir 4.5 Ha (11 acres) in the communes of St Sulpice de Faleyrens and St Laurent des Combes. Sandy gravel, deep gravels, cool ferriferous sub-soil.
Vines: Average age 38 to 45 years, planting density 5500 plants/Ha. Vineyards grassed and drained.
Viticulture: Deleafing and green harvesting in June and August, manual removal of spurs, soil improvement using organic materials exclusively. Manual harvesting with rigorous selection on tables.
Average Yield: 35 Hl/Ha
Vinification: Fermentation in thermostatically controlled stainless steel vats, cold maceration at 6° for 8-10 days before fermentation, long (>30 days) vat fermentation, délestage (the juice is removed and poured back over the cap to moisten and break it up) and pigeage (the cap is forced into the juice), malolactic fermentation in new barrels. Aging on lees. Aging in 100% new barrels for 16 months.
Parker: « Top-notch wine... »
89+ (2012) - 89-92 (2010) - 93 (2009) - 91 (2008)
Wine Spectator: 88 (2012 & 2011) - 91 (2010) - 90 (2009)
Blind Tasted (Andreas Larsson): 92 (2012) - 90 (2011)
Hachette: 2-star Editor's Choice (2012 vintage)
Editor's Choice 8 times since 1995, mentioned 16 times.
RVF Guide - The best French wines: 16/20 (2005 vintage)
Paris Competition: 6 Gold and 4 Silver medals since 1995.
Saint-Emilion Grand Crus cup: finalist (june 2009)