José Peñín’s Selection (92 Points)
The winery arises next to the road that links Saint Emilion with Libourne in front of Figeac mythical chateau. The peculiarity of its vineyard is the presence of curious blue clay under stony soil. Arriving at the chateau one can contemplate a spectacular hotel complex of high class, with exquisite care of all the elements that can make happy those visitors who, in the middle of atmosphere of rest and silence, want to appreciate the wine together with its restaurant haute cuisine.
Why have I chosen it?
In contrast with 2011 harvest, which is also offered, it is characterized by its greater potency and fruity and even mineral expression, very typical of a crop with slow maturation of its clusters due to their better climate regulation. Its essential features connect very well with the Spanish consumer.
Its colour is maroon of medium tone, very vivid. Its aroma is a set of nuances both floral and fruity, combined with fine oak smoky features.
Harvest: The harvest was obviously made manually, plot per plot, with a rigorous and homogeneous control of berries ripening, which in 2012 harvest was more balanced.
Wine making: To achieve the highest aromatic potency of the varieties, cold maceration was carried out for 4 to 5 days at 7°C to be continued with alcoholic fermentation between 5 to 6 days.
Ageing: Its subtlety and structure of these two varieties obliges to perform an ageing combining new and used barrels. In this case 68% of the barrels were used for 3 to 4 grape harvests. The wine is a model of balance between the varieties aromatic values and evolutive and elegant values of its ageing.