Bordeaux Red: St. Emilion

One of only 70 châteaux in Saint Émilion with Grand Cru status. Unlike the 1855 classifications of Bordeaux, the Saint Émilions are retasted every five years and must maintain quality or lose their status. The yields in Saint Émilion are lower than many other appellations in Bordeaux, 42 hectolitres/hectare (vs. the more common 50 hl/ha). The true Saint Émilion style is a rich, full-colored wine, with concentrated fruit, and an apparent smoothness due to low tannins. Often referred to as the ‘Burgundies of Bordeaux’.

  • L'Excellence Clos de Menuts

    This is the first time L’Excellence Clos de Menuts will be sold outside of France. The wine is made in very small quantities from the best lots of the 10-acre vineyard situated in the village of Saint Émilion, and only in the best vintages.

    One of only 70 or so châteaux in Saint Émilion with Grand Cru status. Unlike the 1855 classifications of Bordeaux, the Saint Émilions are re-tasted every five years and must maintain quality or lose their status. The yields in Saint Émilion are lower than many other appellations in Bordeaux., 42 hectolitres/hectare (vs. the more common 50 hl/ha).

    Located in the heart of Saint-Émilion on the slopes west of the village, the Clos de Menuts vineyard has sandy clay soils with ironstone subsoil, which allows excellent drainage. This vintage, the wine differs slightly from the Clos de Menuts: 85% Merlot, which give this wine the body and richness, and the 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc give the wine its finesse and backbone. The vineyard practices green harvest and leaf pulling, which ensure a ripe crop with low yield of 42 hl/ha (or 4 tons/acre) and excellent concentration. Hand harvesting and sorting before vinification of 21 days or so in thermo-regulated vats. Maturation occurs in new oak barrels in cellars cut into the rocks below ground. After 18 months of maturation in barrel, the wine is bottled.

    The winemaker is Stéphane Derenoncourt, who owns Château de l’A in Bordeaux. He is the consulting winemaker at Domaine de Chevalier, Clos Fourtet, Clos de l'Oratoire and Châteaux Pavie-Macquin, Canon-la-Gaffelière, La Gaffelière, Petit Village, Smith Haut Lafitte, Brown, Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Rol Valentin, Prieuré-Lichine, as well as Rubicon Estate Winery in Napa, and others.

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  • Chateau Cheval Brun

    Located in the heart of Saint-Émilion, west of the village, the Chateau Cheval Brun vineyard has sandy clay soils with ironstone subsoil, which allows excellent drainage. Chateau Cheval Brun enjoys a blend of 75% Merlot, which gives this wine the smoothness, and the 15% Cabernet Sauvignon for body and richness and 10% Cabernet Franc for finesse and backbone. Cabernet Sauvignon is normally not planted in Saint-Emilion since it doesn’t ripen every year.

    This vineyard, located in the town itself, has a warmer micro-climate than those vineyards outside the village. Here they practice the modern techniques of green harvesting and leaf pulling, which ensure a ripe crop with low yield and excellent concentration. Hand harvesting and sorting before vinification of 21 days or so in thermo-regulated vats. Maturation occurs in oak in cellars cut into the rocks below ground. After 18 months, the wine is bottled, for your enjoyment or for cellaring. An exceptional Grand Cru at this price, with many years of aging ahead of it.

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