This is a tiny property (less than 15 acres) whose vines lie on sandy-gravel soils which have benefited from recent investments in improved drainage. The blend in 2013 reflects the plantings. 80% Merlot, with 20% Cabernet Franc, the average age of the vines being 35 years. Wine-maker Florens Caldier tells the story. “We started picking our Merlots on 22 September, and went straight on, without a break, into the Cabernets [as weather deterioration threatened]. The grapes were soaked at cool temperature for 48 hours, then two weeks of fermentation have produced a wine with unctuous texture, lively fruitiness and gentle tannins, without excessive alcohol level (13%).” The wine is aged in 40% new oak barrels. Colour is vibrant, red-purple, the nose being fragrant and ripe. The palate is full, with rich fruitiness, soft finish and fine length (for drinking 2016-2018+).
2013 Château Vieux-Lartigue, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru
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