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Appellation: Haut-Médoc (Cru Bourgeois)
Commune: Saint-Sauveur, lieu-dit Le Fournas
Terroir: Fine gravel and calcareous sand
Vineyards: 40 ha
Planted: 51% Cabernet Sauvignon + 48% Merlot + 1% Petit Verdot
Average age of vines: 30 years old
Planting density: 10 000 vines / ha
Vinification: 14-16 months in barriques from which 1/3 are new + 1/3 one year old + 1/3 two years old
Production: 200,000 bottles
Owner: King Power Group (HK)
Technical director & winemaker: Guillaume Mottes
Enologist Consultant: Hubert de Boüard
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".