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SAINT-JULIEN
SAINT-JULIEN Rouge (Red)

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Ownership & history:

This Saint-Julien comes from an estate ranked Grand Cru Classé in 1855.

Vineyard & location:

The wine comes from an inland Saint-Julien property, benefitting from the drainage channels that were dug by the Dutch hundreds of years ago. Being in Saint-Julien, there is, of course, a huge amount of 'Günzian gravel', and being an inland property, it has a slightly cooler climate than the riverfront ones, leading to a more soft-centred wine that can perhaps be drunk earlier.

Harvest, vinification & ageing:

The grapes are picked by hand and vinification is in stainless steel vats. Fermentation is carefully controlled at a temperature of 28-30°C to ensure that the precision of the fruit is maintained. For the same reason, there is only a little, very gentle, pumping over. The selection of press wine is done 'vat by vat', allowing for a wider choice during the blending process. The final stage is ageing in barrels, 20% of which are new for this particular blend.

Tasting:

Cabernet Sauvignon dominates here and accordingly black cherry notes are to the fore. The barrel ageing bring notes of tobacco and toast. With age, the tannins melt and the inimitable Médocain notes of forest floor develop. The finish is elegant and long.

Vintage :

2006

Blend:

50% Cabernet Sauvignon
45% Merlot
5% Petit Verdot

Cellaring potential:

12 years