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Blend: 81% Merlot Noir, 15% Cabernet Franc & 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: Saillans, Fronsac
VIneyard: 20 ha
Production: 64,000 bottles
Soil: Clay and limestone
Age of vines: 37 years
27 day maceration with 2 remouages a day, Fermentation in barrels (35% new oak) for 12 months at temperature of 28°C.
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".