Chateau La Fleur Garderose 2016 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru AOC
Item Number: 15418
Sub Region: Right Bank
Appellation/AVA: Saint-Emilion AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 70% Merlot / 30% Cabernet Franc
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Residual Sugar(g/L): < 5 g/l
Total Acidity: 3.5 g/L
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Gravel
Case Production: 830
Tasting Notes: The Saint-Emilion Grand Cru is produced from 7 hectares of vineyards distributed among several parcels around Libourne. The average age of the vines is about 45 years. The 2014 is a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet sourced from their best parcels.
Winemaking Notes: The cellar work for Château La Fleur Garderose is straightforward. The wine undergoes roughly a week long cold maceration with little to no pigeage and pumping over. Fermentation occurs with wild yeast and takes place in concrete tanks over roughly 3 weeks, after which the wine ages in a combination of barrel sizes (foudre and demi-muid) for approximately 18 months before being bottled without filtration. Very little sulfur – typically about 6 grams – is added to the wine during elevage. Essentially, Château La Fleur Garderose is a selection of the best vats from the Pueyo cellar.
Tasting Notes: This wine is quite pure and fresh with little to no influence from wood; there is an admirable purity to it. It is young and structured with a brisk acidity and firm tannins, and is perhaps a bit wound-up. It could benefit from a quick decanting, or, even better, a bit of time in bottle.