2019 Domaine les Carmels 'Les Vendanges', Cotes de Bordeaux, France
65 % Merlot & 35 % Cabernet Franc
SELECTION FOR LES VENDANGES 2019 : we selected and harvested by hand 7500 vines with few yield produced by our plot at 5500 vines/ha. • 3100 vines of Merlot Noir from « La Côte Rotie », a plot of vineyard with rocky clay exposed South
- 1000 vines of Merlot Noir from « Martindoit », a rocky clay plot with a North exposure
- 2400 vines of Merlot Noir from a plot of vineyard with a mix of limestone and clay exposed North
- 1000 vines of Cabernet Franc from a plot called « TerresForte » with heavy clays, limestone and gravel mix
WINE MAKING : the harvest date is defined according to the tasting of berries : September 16th, 2020 for the Merlot and September 24th , 2020 for the Cabernet Franc. The work in our cellar with gravity system is modulated according to the quality of the grapes harvested, and supervised from day to day depending on the tasting. It consists all in all in some unballastings, and a special attention throughout the whole process.
AGING : the merlot is put into barrels in November and the cabernet franc in sandstone amphorae. It stays for 15 months before bottling.