This is a fine example of a wine which juggles precocity and an ability to age precisely. It is a clean, sexy, silky wine and it might well be the finest release from this tiny, single vineyard property to date.
Vineyard: 5.7 hectares overall vineyard
Grape variety: 100% Merlot
Harvesting: 100% by hand, 24th and 30th September
Winemaking: Saignée, cold maceration (7-8°C) for 6 days to develop fruit aromas. Alcoholic fermentation (25C) for 5 days with regular pumping over. Post-fermentation macerating (28-29°C) for 15-20 days, due to the exceptional fruit quality. Malo-lactic fermentation in oak barrels
Ageing: Aged in 40% New French Oak and 60% 2nd year Oak for 20 months
Alcohol by volume: 13.5% vol
Clos Cantenac 2014 is made from 100% fully ripe young Merlot from our 17 and 27 year old vines planted in two separate blocks close to the winery and picked in absolutely perfect early morning conditions in late September.
The wine shows a deep dense black right to the rim, vibrant with a hugely appealing zesty lively nose and a fine aromatic range of rich, ripe red fruits, with hints of blackberries and cassis, enhanced by spicy notes of cinanamon and pepper. The elegence and finesse of the wine is further supported by lush fresh red berries, pencil shavings, fragrance, almonds, mocha, truffles, licquorice and subtle soft grilled new oak notes.
On the palate it displays lovely sweet and succulent crunchy bright red fruits and black cherries that spread right across the mouth with an impressive intensity of character but is deceptively soft with good weight and just the right amount of dryness to counter balance the richness of the wine.
It is still tightly coiled, but it already shows good weight and a fine structure and is well balanced by the uplifting purity and freshness of the fruit, the juicy acidity and a slight chalky texture followed by fine velvety refined tannins and an amazingly long and seductive finish.
This has produced a very interesting and fine wine that will continue to develop for some years to come and will benefit from careful cellaring. Drink 2018 to 2025.
Clos De Cantenac From St Emilion Merlot