Saint-Émilion is a wine region in Bordeaux on the right bank of the Dordogne and is registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Not only is it one of the most beautiful places we have ever visited, it is also world-renowned for its red wine. The south facing vineyards of Saint Emilion grow in a natural amphitheatre of plateaus and small valleys benefitting from an oceanic micro-climate which moderates the summer as well as the harshness of the winter.
Producer Domaine Bouyer has a long standing history in the region and takes an ecological approach to the running of the estates. Their aim is to bring out the best of the terroir marked by the fullness of ripe Merlot with intense red fruit aromas underpinned by delicate tannins. They practice reasoned viticulture and have embarked upon an ongoing programme to make its operations increasingly sustainable. They no longer uses herbicides, they ensures that soils are regularly aerated and they plant complementary cover crops between rows of vines.
The grapes are all grown in vineyards classified as Grand cru and vines are between 25 and 30-years old. Vines are planted on old sandy soils, sandstone and gravel with this variety of soils adding to the complexity of the finished wine which is aged for 12-15 months in French oak barrels, 30% of which are new. Typically for this region the wine is predominantly Merlot with some Cabernet Franc added to give balance, depth and structure.
Ripe and very appealing with lovely velvety structure and concentrated fruit, notes of damsons, bramble and blackberry. Nicely balanced with good concentration and depth which carries through to the long finish. A classic and delicious Saint-Émilion – well-made and elegant.
Excellent with Côte de Boeuf.