What is Sauvignon Blanc? Wine Varietal Facts – From Flavour to Grape Variety
What is Cabernet Sauvignon? Wine Varietal Facts – From Flavour to Grape Variety
Selected in the Wine Enthusiast’s Buying Guide: “85-87. Barrel Sample. This wine is lean and tight, bringing out dry tannins and acidity without much fruit. It has freshness that is masked by the hardness of the structure.” Roger Voss. Rated 86/100
13 000 bottles
Tasting (March 28th, 2014 – Marc Quertinier, oenologist): Dense ruby colour. Juicy fruity nose (red fruits), complex, fine, precise, lightly woody. Fleshy wine, full, good density on the palate, harmonious and greedy. Grainy. Beautiful freshness. Fine and crispy tannins. Beautiful oak, balanced, fruity, long, with a salivating and tannic finish without dryness. Beautiful greediness.
Due to a terrible spring, the vegetative cycle of the vine is disturbed. In early May, the vine, with 500 mm of rain from January, lag behind 3 weeks in its development. The first flowers are seen on June 3rd, but 15 days are required to find them on all plots. In July, this spread flowering period and too many rainfalls entail shatter and millerandage on the most sensitive. The rains of August complicate further the situation. Despite our work to remove leaves to capture sunlight, the backlog is evident and the harvest begins on October 2nd. Made entirely by hand, it allows a careful selection on vine-plant and thus, only pick up the grapes having reached optimum ripeness and in perfect sanitary state. An ultimate selection is done, as usual, on our sorting table, at the entrance to the chais. The volume for the 2013 vintage will be very low. In order to remain closest to the grapes, we decide then, for the first time, to place 50% of the harvest, directly in open barrels for alcoholic fermentation. Then 100% of wines are put into barrels for malo-lactic fermentation. Contact with the wood from the harvest led us to use 24% of new oak barrels in order not to "mark" the fruit, from the outset characterized by a very nice concentration both in its color and mouth.
About the Producer
Saint-Sauveur-du-Médoc, Gironde, France