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2015 Chateau Villemaurine St. Emilion

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Winemaker Notes: The 2015 Château Villemaurine beautifully expresses the typicity of the property’s clay-limestone terroir, displaying a deep color, vibrant fruit, and a tannic mouth-feel conveying a dense and harmonious structure worthy of outstanding vintages. Blend: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc.

The cool weather conditions at the end of winter brought about late budding and helped the vines to escape any spring frosts. Bud-break began during the first days of April during a spell of mild, fast-warming weather. The bud-break was even and clean and was the first factor of quality for phenolic components.

The flowering process was equally even and fast, taking place during the first two weeks of June in very favorable weather conditions that combined slightly higher than usual temperatures with low rainfall.

The summer weather turned very hot as from 25th June. These restrictive water supply conditions during a period of heat brought about a thickening of the grape skins, development of the tannins and a fast evolution of the pips. The constant water deficit during the ripening period favored concentration in the berries and tannin ripening.

Low rainfall in August kept the berries smaller and concentrated and refined the tannins. In September, we got the rain we needed for perfect ripening. As the harvest approached, the health of the vines was excellent.

Short, pre-fermentation cold soaks gave fabulous results. The musts quickly gained fruit character, structure and deep color, revealing the great richness in anthocyanins in this vintage.

After long post-fermentation macerations to allow the skins to release all their power, the malo-lactic fermentations were carried out in barrel. The wines quickly displayed flesh, volume and gentle tannic power in a velvety, silky mouth-feel. The ageing in barrel is ongoing and shows huge promise.

CRITICAL ACCLAIM


Antonio Galloni - "The 2015 Villemaurine is one of the more overt, flamboyant wines of the vintage. Super-ripe black cherry, chocolate, spice, new leather and licorice build as this racy Saint-Émilion shows off its alluring personality. There is a plenty to like. I would prefer to drink the 2015 over the next decade or so. The blend is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Tasted two times."

 

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Country France
Region Bordeaux
Vintage 2015
Winery Chateau Villemaurine
Grape Varietals Bordeaux Blend
Size 750 milliliter
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