Nose

Barrel fermentations are instrumental to the integration and softness of the fruit resulting in a bouquet of crushed minerals, new saddle leather and bright cherry fruit.

Palate

This medium bodied, earthy St. Emilion boasts a round and supple texture with a nice spicy finish. A charming wine that demonstrates good purity.

Growing Conditions

Le Chatelet Vineyard is located just two minutes east of downtown St. Emilion. The vineyard is 7 acres and has a gently sloping northern exposure. The top of the vineyard is rocky limestone and finishes with clay at the lowest point of the estate. We select blocks of cabernet franc and merlot planted to these two different soil types. We consider this venture as “back to the roots” embracing Philippe’s heritage. The wines are seamlessly integrated and balanced expressing the essence of crushed rocks that is distinctively terroir of St. Emilion. Soil composition: Limestone, Clay Year Planted: 1975 Size: 7 acres Vine Spacing: 5’ x 3’ Location: next to downtown St. Emilion, France Clones: unknown Elevation: 600’ Appellation: Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe Varietals: Cabernet franc and Merlot First Vintage Produced: 2006 This is the inaugural vintage of our first ever-produced French wine that brings us back to Philippe's roots in France. The vineyard is located on a beautiful site next to Beausejour Becot. The soils of limestone and clay allow us to create a unique blend that will surely satisfy the most discerning of French palates.

Aging

19 months in 75% new French oak