The refined aromatics of black fruits, cassis and graphite are seductive and inviting.


After an extreme selection process, we feel that we have reached the perfect balance between cabernet franc and merlot. This Grand Cru should cellar well for at least 10 years.

Growing Conditions

Le Chatelet Vineyard is located just two minutes east of downtown St. Emilion. The vineyard is 7 acres and has a gently sloping northern exposure. The top of the vineyard is rocky limestone and finishes with clay at the lowest point of the estate. We select blocks of cabernet franc and merlot planted to these two different soil types. We consider this venture as “back to the roots” embracing Philippe’s heritage. The wines are seamlessly integrated and balanced expressing the essence of crushed rocks that is distinctively terroir of St. Emilion.

Soil composition: Limestone, Clay Year Planted: 1975 Size: 7 acres Vine Spacing: 5’ x 3’ Location: next to downtown St. Emilion, France Clones: unknown Elevation: 600’ Appellation: Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe Varietals: Cabernet franc and Merlot First Vintage Produced: 2006

This full-bodied wine is a wonderful expression of this great terroir which expresses finesse and complexity. An extreme selection process results in a blend of 30% cabernet franc and 70% merlot, achieving a perfect balance.


20 months in 59 gallon barrels, 75% new oak