Once again, owner Henri Lurton has fashioned one of the greatest wines of his appellation. The blend consists of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Carmenère, now ageing in 70% new barrels. There are several keys to the great success of the vintage here. During high summer, teams went along the rows to identify and mark vines showing water stress. This was the case with some infill-planting, and also where Cabernet Sauvignons had been grafted onto Merlot rootstocks (to increase the proportion of the former). Grapes from these vines were picked separately, then excluded from the Grand Vin. Another key was the combination of cool nights with warm days, which brought purity and freshness to the wine. Average age of the vines is 35-40 years, and these are now deep-rooted. This was crucial in high summer, as on many parts of the Brane plateau the water table is 6-10 metres below the surface. Selection of individual vats was very stringent, resulting in only 40% of the production going into the Grand Vin. Colour is medium-deep, garnet-purple, with richly fragrant, complex aromas. Profoundly structured, with superbly dense fruitiness, this has creamy texture and great vivacity. Tannins and acidity are perfectly harmonised, length and potential are totally outstanding (for drinking 2020-2040+).
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