Medium to deep color, it is a dark black ruby red color with a youthful purple rim. Initially closed at first, it exhibits a complex and sophisticated nose with hints of plum, charcoal, tobacco and spice nuances with attractive toasty overtones as it opens. Medium to full-bodied, it is smooth, elegant, with a solid core of rich fruit. Well balanced, integrated, it is firm and compact with further hints of red fruit, cherries and toast. Well constructed, it has a lively acidity, lots of fresh fruit flavors on a solid finish. JKW 2014
Winter 2013 will remain in the memories of our vineyard craftsmen as one of the dampest of the last few years, significantly complicating their work conditions. Early in the season, our observations showed a delay of about ten days when compared to the 2012 vintage, which was already considered late. In May, the rainy conditions caused an important amount of coulure. The risk of mildew was particularly fierce. Summer weather was more favorable. The month of July was the hottest of the past fourteen years. The development of the vines remained stalled on a late growth-cycle. But September held an unpleasant surprise for us: rain, humidity and warm temperatures were our daily due. Dealing with the pressure of botrytis became the determining factor for planning harvest. We began harvesting on Friday, 27th September. The Merlot, so important to the identity of our wines, were picked in time and showed a level of phenolic and aromatic maturity that surpassed our expectations. We continued harvesting with the Petit Verdot and the Cabernet Sauvignon.
The aromatic palettes were clean and precise, showing no vegetative odors. This confirmed the admirable reaction of the estate’s terroir in such difficult weather conditions. During winemaking, the must was handled with care to avoid the extraction of any potentially rustic tannins. We were able to carefully preserve the silky and velvety identity of the estate’s wines. To find the right expression of this difficult vintage, we held many different tasting sessions, each leading to numerous debates.
Grape Variety : Merlot 49% Cabernet Sauvignon 51%
Wine Enthusiast 94 Points!
Stephen Tanzer 92 Points!
Wine Spectator 91 Points!
Falstaff 91 Points!
Robert Parker 87 - 88 Points!
Jancis Robinson 17.5/20 Points!
Guide Bettane+Desseauve 17/20 Points!
Gault et Millau 17/20 Points!