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The Château and vineyard is located very close to the Garonne river near the village of Rions, south and east of the city of Bordeaux. The wonderfully-located vineyard is on a steep, south-oriented hillside as well as a smaller parcel at the top of the hill. The soils are varied and include clay, limestone, sand, and deep gravel. The hillside location also assures that the vineyard sees frequent breezes and cool night-time temperatures (which makes for wines with more complex aromatics and a fresher, more intense, better-balanced finish). The densely-planted vineyard as well as leaf-thinning and green harvesting all assure low yields and highly concentrated and highly complex wines.
A deep, dense ruby red, this has beautifully fresh aromas of currants, raspberries, and blackberries, with notes of stones, spice and baking chocolate. The palate is concentrated, opulent and supple-textured . There are forward flavors of berries, herbs, chocolate and spice that linger on a long, vibrant, and balanced finish.
The grapes are de-stemmed before gentle extraction and slow fermentation (30 days) in temperature-controlled vats. The wine is then aged for 16 months, partially (50%) in French oak barrels.