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CHATEAU LES CABANNES
SAINT-EMILION Rouge (Red)

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Ownership & history:

Toronto-born winemaker Peter Kjellberg trained at the University of Bordeaux and went on to work at Château Haut Brion. In 1997, Peter, along with his wife and fellow winemaker, Brigitte, decided to buy a property, Château Les Cabannes. The Kjellbergs produce a Saint Emilion Grand Cru, a straight Saint Emilion and a small amount of AOP Bordeaux.

Vineyard & location:

Next door to Château Monbousquet, this is something of a boutique estate - just 7 hectares of vines are planted. Nonetheless, it can be divided into two distinct parts. There is a hilltop of deep gravel soil with vines that are 45 years old, and lower down there are younger vines (replanted when the Kjellbergs arrived) that grow in siliceous clay soil with iron deposits.

Harvest, vinification & ageing:

The Kjellbergs tend to the vines manually year-round, and naturally the grapes are picked by hand. Vinification is carried out in
a mix of stainless steel and concrete vats and ageing is carried out in oak barrels for 1 year.

Tasting:

Vibrant, fresh, clean, fruity, and very approachable for those who prefer a more modern style of Merlot.

Vintage :

2012

Blend:

80% Merlot
20% Cabernet Franc

Cellaring potential:

6 years