Fruity and open on the nose. The palate displays deep black fruits, developing flavours of vanilla, licqorice, and a full fleshy character with an overriding freshness throughout. Supple, velvety tannins and would benefit from decanting for an hour before drinking. Plenty of life left and easily has the potential to age and evolve over the next few years. Grape varieties:
57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot
The Chateau, which dates back to the 18th Century, has been run by husband and wife team, Michel and Marie Noelle Marengo, since 1975. Their small 25 hectare plot is located just outside Pauillac in the Haut-Medoc Appelation, which is a short distance from Chateau Lafite and Chateau Latour. Although many say that they tend to slant towards the traditional winemaking styles of the area, they do in fact apply many organic and biodynamic philosophies to the winemaking process.
They have a strong respect for the flavours of the grapes, and blend their wines “blindly” – meaning they don’t know what they blend but simply focus on the taste. After that they choose how much new oak to use, as it’s important for it to match the blend and the harvest of that year, and as Michel adds, “The oak should serve the fruit, not hide it”.
One thing you may notice is the braille on their bottles. The couple feel that everyone should be able to choose a wine, to know what they’re drinking and be able to join in the discussions.