A sharp nose with a great freshness, offers a concentrated and energetic cocktail of red and black fruits in a balsamic atmosphere with a hint of pine forest. Peppery spices and fresh notes of venison are integrated. A mineral complexity joins this entire bouquet.
The attack is generous with a soft texture, silky and fruity. The sensation of a dense tannic struc- ture is immediate. The texture is tight but refined and supple. Great tannins coated with fruity pulp give both velvety and firm texture. Despite an accessible external appearance, this large-scale wine deserves time to develop his great poten- tial. Great length, great format.
Balance, freshness, grace, refinement, authentici- ty and concentration define it perfectly.
Soil : gravel on clay-gravel subsoil
The unquestionably successful 2016 vintage is due to the conjunction of several important factors.
- A rainy period lasting from the 1st of January to the 20th of June replenished water re- serves and paved the way for a large potential crop.
- Quasi-miraculous flowering guaranteed a large crop [from the 4th to the 11th of June]
- An exceptionally dry period from the 1st of July to the 13th of September was conducive to richness and power.
We were really in need of rain by early September! This finally arrived, on the 13th of that month. These 40 mm of rain did a world of good, giving a boost to ripening and refreshing the vines.
- An Indian summer from the 15th of September to the end of October provided finesse and elegance.
Hand-picked, into small crates.
Grapes are carefully sorted in the vineyard as well as before and after destemming.
Fermentation in barrels.
Three vat-rooms, (stainless steel, tulip concrete and wooden vats), to optimize the plot selection, perfect the extraction and refining the “assemblage”.
Barrel aging 16 to 20 months (35% new oak), bâtonnage 4 months (stirring the lees with a stick).
Intense dark ruby purple color, black in the mid- dle. Bright and clear.