Although 2016 is now considered a ‘classical vintage’ for right-bank Bordeaux, the weather had us on a cliff edge throughout the year. It was not until a storm came on the 13th September that the summer drought came to an end. Our sandy-clay and clay-lime soils protected the vine from the drought conditions by holding the water in the soil, where more sandy soils would have caused the vines to shut down in the heat. Our older vines of 35-years benefited from having deep roots, resulting in dark berries, ripe tannins with fresh acidity. In the winery, the grapes were macerated on their skins fro 28 days, and carefully transferred to temperature controlled vats for fermentation. The free-run wine was then aged in stainless vats without oak to promote the excellent fruit quality. The blend is 85% Merlot with 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, with plenty of red and blue fruit balanced by good acidity.

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