Serious work has been carried out in the vineyard and in the winery to restore this historic property that was bought by our family in 2001. Situated on the eastern side of the appellation, its terroir provides beautiful, elegant Merlot, the favoured right-bank varietal.
It is said that this chateau was originally the den of an unmerciful warlord; he was named “Le Noir“ – The Black – due to his black armor and his tendency to attack after sunset. By day he lived there with his men, soldiers or winemakers… and by night he plotted with his thieves.
Annual production : 33 000 bottles
Œnologist : Jérémy Ducourt
THE WINE :
Sorting of the best grapes, harvesting in the cool, early morning
Pre-fermentation cold maceration of 24-48 hours
Alcoholic fermentation in thermo-regulated stainless steel vats at around 26˚C then a gentle vatting for 3 weeks at 30˚C
Running off and pressing, separation of the press and free-run juice
Malolactic fermentation in thermo-regulated stainless steel vats at around 18˚C
Ageing in oak barrels for 12 months (33% new, 33% once-used, 33% twice-used)
Bottling then ageing in our cellars for at least 18 more months
TASTING NOTES :
Colour: Bright ruby red
Nose: Delicate, almost soft, bringing together red fruit and toasted notes
Mouth: A round attack with plenty of oak reveals great maturity and a balanced structure supported by soft tannins. Persistent notes of strawberry and blackberry bring freshness and elegance on the finish
FOOD PAIRINGS :
Red meat, grilled or in a sauce, game, lightly-spiced dishes, cheeses, chocolate desserts
Bottle Technical Sheet Wine Awards Shelf-talker Poster
Annual production: 3 000 bottles
Œnologist: Jérémy Ducourt
Sorting the best grapes, harvesting in the cool, early morning
Cold pre-fermentation maceration for a few days.
Alcoholic fermentation in small stainless steel vats around 26°C with fractional pumping over for a gentle extraction. Vatting for 3 to 4 weeks to complete the extraction. Run-off and selection of free-run juice.
Malolactic fermentation and maturation in French oak barrels for 12 months (50% new, 50% one wine). Bottled and aged in our cellars for at least another 24 months.
Average annual production
Colour: Deep purple with purple glint
Nose: Fruity and intense, with notes of griotte, blue fruits, light spices and a present and elegant woodiness.
Mouth: Freshness evoking juicy blackcurrant as well as floral notes and a touch of black tea. The palate is full, fruity and powerful. Well balanced with elegant tannins.
Food pairings : Red meat grilled or in sauce, game, slightly spicy dishes, cheese, chocolate desserts.Bottle Wine Awards Technical Sheet