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Blend: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc
Benjamin and Ariane de Rothschild purchased this 86-hectare property in 2003. Château des Laurets vineyards are in two appellations – Puisseguin and Montagne Saint-Emilion.
Building on the experience gained at Château Clarke and working closely with oenologist Michel Rolland, Benjamin de Rothschild and Ariane de Rothschild are making Château des Laurets a reference for quality in the Puisseguin and Montagne Saint Emilion region.
The grapes come from old vines and are nearly entirely Merlot, with a small amount of Cabernet Franc. The wine is matured in new barrels for 15 to 18 months. Château des Laurets has a sumptuous nose with harmonious tannins. Aromas of berries, in particular raspberry, roasted toasted notes and a beautiful lingering finish all characterize the wine.
Members of the Gitana Team staff have designed the label.
In Bordeaux, the heat resulted in early flowering. Also, this led to an early harvest after a very hot summer. As a starting point, there is great maturity in the grapes, and one can expect a more opulent vintage than in the last few years.
The summer this year has been the warmest since 1959, yet the rain has fallen at the right times during the growing season. The harvest took place two weeks before the norm and will yield grapes with high potential alcohol and the lowest acidity since the 2003 vintage. As they say in Bordeaux: "It has been a good and extreme growing season which hopefully also produces great wines".