We have made a beautiful blend in this vintage, taking advantage of powerful wines with a great balance between alcohol and acidity. Not only the Merlot, but also the Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes reached perfect maturity with regard to sugar and tannin.
The wine has a brilliant, intense red colour. The nose is redolent of black fruit (Burlat cherry, plum) and beautiful floral aromas.
These fruity flavours carry over to the palate, which also features peppery and spicy notes. The wine has an elegant, fine-grained tannic structure. The aftertaste is fresh, long, and fruity. The wine is altogether well-balanced and elegant. We are very proud of our first vintage of Clarendelle Saint-Emilion!
The weather varied significantly from season to season in 2014, with a beautiful spring, a satisfactory month of July, and an uncertain weather in August. Although this may have slowed down ripening, September marked the beginning of an extraordinary Indian summer that was warm, sunny, and with just the right amount of precipitation to enable the vines to focus their energy on ripening. This extended summer was remarkably long since the first half of October was actually warmer and sunnier than the two preceding weeks.
A few figures
77 % Merlot
16 % Cabernet Franc
7 % Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol by volume