Château des Laurets Puisseguin Saint-Emilion – 2011
Built circa 1860, the Chateau des Laurets featured on the label, is still the pride of the property with an octagonal tower positioned perfectly to overlook the grounds. The vineyards are planted on south-facing slopes with limestone outcrops. The excellent clay-limestone soil gives this Merlot-based Saint-Émilion wine its distinctive taste. Baron Benjamin de Rothschild acquired this superb property in 2003, aiming from the beginning to achieve its finest potential.
- Appellation: Puisseguin Saint-Émilion
- Composition: 80% Merlot; 20% Cabernet Franc
- Size: 40 hectares (36 hectares for the main wine)
- Soil: Limestone and clay
- Density: 5,500 vines/ha
- Training: Natural grass cover, double Guyot
- Harvest Date(s): From October 6
- Fermentation: Cold soaking and fermentation in oak and stainless steel vats with automatic temperature-control. Post-fermentation micro-oxygenation during maceration and malolactic fermentation in oak and stainless steel vats.
- Aging: 14 months, 30% in new barrels, 30% in second fill barrels and the rest in vats.
- Alcohol: 14.0%
- Optimum Drinking: 10-15 years
The wine’s color is deep and ruby-red. Showing tremendous balance and freshness, the nose displays intense aromatic complexity with spicy nuances followed by hints of vanilla and red fruit (morello cherry). The wine reveals subtle, well-integrated oak on the palate, along with exquisite elegance and great length with refined tannin. The black fruit flavours are remarkably fresh.