50% Merlot 30% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Cabernet Franc 5% Malbec
Eleanor of Aquitaine (then Queen of England) ordered monks to plant the first vines on this 72 hectare estate in 1150. The property stretches over the right bank of the Garonne river across the hillsides of Saint Michel de Lapujade, and benefits from the mild and humid air that rises up from the sea and travels down the Garonne valley. Pierre Boissonneau purchased the property in 1839, and descendants Christian, Pascal, Phillippe, and Nico have transformed it into one of the best places in Bordeaux for value driven organic wine.
15 – 20 days of maceration, depending on varietal, at a controlled temperature of 78°F to 86°F. After the run-off, the wine is kept at 68°F to start the malolactic fermentation. Natural yeast is used in the fermentation process. The wine is kept for up to 24 months, 80% in stainless steel tanks and 20% in French oak barrels. The wine is racked every 3 months the first year and 3 times the second year. Just before bottling, the wine is fined and filtered.
Tasting Notes: The color is red ruby, limpid and brilliant. The nose aromas are expressive, full of ripe red fruits such as redcurrant and strawberry with also notes of spicy and toast. The attack is clean with spicy notes, black pepper, and vanilla notes; the mouth is fleshy; the tannins are round and soft. The finish is well balanced, rich and long.