Nose

With aromatics of cherry, pepper and minty fresh herbs, the wine conjures up images of the forest floor.

Palate

The wine is round and crisp with higher acidity which will absolutely thrill the purest of Bordeaux connoisseurs. Its tannic structure is firm and focused with a slight leathery feel.

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 small production effort from Philippe’s homeland has become a cherished member of our portfolio of wines. Imported by us and offered only to our loyal customers, this beautiful wine has quickly become one of our favorites.

Aging

22 months in French oak barrels 70% new

Food Pairing

This is a wine that begs to be paired with rich fowl such as duck confit or a salade Landaise.