Nose

Dense and intense nose of black cherries and blueberries. Layers of dark cocoa and cherries in every sniff and sip.

Palate

Plush and spicy black fruit on the palate with very nice backbone, complexity, structure and length. Fine depth. The wine has concentration, round textures and a dark, fruity finish. The wine was produced from 100% old vine Merlot.

Growing Conditions

Vineyard: Surface: 1.4 ha: 100 % Merlot Density of plantation: 20 000 plants/ha Distance between the vine plants: 80 cm Distance between the rows: 60 cm. Soil is clayey and limoneous. Cultural methods: The entire works of the soil and the vines are done manually as no engine can penetrate between the raws. Two cluster thinnings (one at the closure of the grape, Yield 2018: 39hl/ha and one at the beginning of veraison). Leaves thinned at both side.

Harvest

100 % manual picking. September 27th 2018

Winemaking

Double sorting of the crop: in the vineyard and at the winery. Filling of the vats by gravity without crushing. Vinification in an open wooden vat of 60 hl. Punching of the cap every 3 times a day until 1/3 fermentation, then twice a day until mid-fermentations, then once a day, Temperature during alcoholic fermentations: 26/27°C maxi Vatting period: 28 days. Filling of the barrels heated at the same temperature as the wine: 26-27°. Malolactic fermentation in new barrels Finished in December 2018.

Aging

Coopers: Darnajou, cigar barrels from Demptos, cigar barrels from Rémond. Elevage on fine lees during 6 months. Aging in special cigar shaped barrels from Demptos and Remond.

Appearance

Deeply colored.