Nose

The nose is fruity and offers a fine tension. It reveals notes of crushed Boysen berry, pulpy cassis, small notes of pulpy strawberry associated with touches of small blue fruits, cornflower, liquorice as well as touches of sweet spices, lilas and vanilla pod

Palate

The palate is fruity, gourmand, well - balanced and offers an acidulous frame, juiciness and tension. On the palate this wine expresses notes of juicy cassis, juicy blackberry, small notes of cornflower, lily associated with touches of pulpy raspberry, small red berries as well as fine hints of rose, zan, mild tobacco and nutmeg/spices. Good length.

Growing Conditions

Vineyard : Surface : 1,5 ha : 100 % Merlot. Density of plantation : 6666 plants/ha. Average age of the vineyard : 36. Soil is gravely and sandy. Cultural methods : Ploughing of the soil. Yield control by two cluster thinnings (one at the closure of the grape cluster and one at the beginning of veraison).

Harvest

100 % manual picking. September 27th 2018.

Winemaking

Double sorting of the crop : first in the vineyard and second at the winery. Filling of the vats by gravity without crushing. Punching of the caps every 3 hours until 1070 of density, every 8 hours until 1040, then one pumping over a day till the end of the alcoholic fermentation and maceration. Temperature during alcoholic fermentations : 27/29° C. Vatting period : 26 days. Malolactic fermentation in barrels finished in December 2018.

Aging

Cooper : Darnajou : 100 %, 1/3 of new barrels among them. Maturing on lees during 6 months, stirring of the merlot lees.