This comes from a separate 8 hectare vineyard, located in the north of the commune of Pauillac, purchased by the Chateau in 2007. It is currently in conversion to organic and biodynamic farming and, we assume, will be incorporated into the main production of this 5me Grand Cru Classe Chateau at the appropriate time. However, for the time being, though produced at the Chateau by the same winemaking team, its production is being kept separate. What this means though is that here we have a segment of the production of a 5th Growth Pauillac Chateau from a good vintage, for under £20.
The wine is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot and fermented in stainless steel but then aged in oak for 12 months. There is a note of cedar on the nose from the gentle use of oak and the fruit is very much to the fore. It is fresh, elegant and supple with fine tannins and a long finish. This has a higher proportion of Merlot than the Grand Vin and is intended for current drinking.