Saint Emilion Grand Cru
85% Merlot; 10% Cabernet Sauvignon; 5% Cabernet Franc
Jean Pierre & Philippe Rivière
Limestone and clay, mainly sandy-clayey with hardpan and iron dross subsoil.
Harvested by hand the grapes are carefully selected for optimum maturity. After the grapes have been stalked they are gently crushed and fermented for a period of 3 weeks in temperature controlled stainless steel cuves. The wine is then put into oak barrels where it develops for between 12 to 18 months. During this time, the wine is kept in the huge monolithic cellars cut in to the rocks beneath the village of Saint Emilion at the perfect temperature of 12°C
At the heart of the Saint Emilion appellation, CLOS DES MENUTS is a good-keeping wine which is round and full-bodied, with delicate tannins. A very deeply coloured wine. A powerful nose, very complex with notes of vanilla and toasted bread. Full on the palate the wine has a lovely structure and has good balance between the fruit of ripe grapes and the vanilla oak tannins.
It goes marvellously well with meat, poultry, game and cheese.