This property, planted with old vines on gravelly, clay-rich soils, is superbly situated a few hundred yards along from Cheval-Blanc, adjoining La Dominique, across the commune border from leading Pomerol châteaux La Conseillante and l’Evangile. For several decades of the mid-20th century the vineyards were neglected, however, since their purchase by Olivier Decelle in 2004 a transformation has taken place. Organic cultivation has brought the old vines back to health, and the winery has been totally re-equipped. Unusually – but just like at nearby Cheval-Blanc – a strong proportion of Cabernet Franc makes up the blend. In the case of 2018, this is 65%, with 30% Merlot and 5% Malbec completing the picture. It is a strikingly beautiful wine, with real personality, showing the finesse and fragrance of Cabernet Franc, complimented by sumptuously textured, ripe Merlot and Malbec fruitiness. Ageing takes place 80% in small barrels (of which half are new), the balance in larger wooden tuns. Maceration was exceedingly gentle. Colour is impressive, aromas fragrant and fresh. Palate shows explosive fruit, with all elements in tension and tannins delicately balanced (for drinking 2023-2038+).
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