JEAN-HUBERT DELON, well-known owner of Châteaux Léoville Las Cases (Saint Julien), Nénin (Pomerol) and Potensac (Medoc), purchased Château Saint-Michel in 1997, thus propelling the property into the top tier of modern winemaking in Bordeaux.
Located on the border of the Fronsac appellation, this 15-acre Bordeaux Supérieur estate features vineyards with an average age of 30 years and a yield of 45 hl/ha, situated on clay-sand soil. Parcels of vines have been replanted over time and the vines go through rigorous upkeep throughout the year.
The vineyard is managed, and the wine is made, by the winemaking team from world-renowned Château Léoville Las Cases. It is at Château Saint-Michel that the Léoville Las Cases team tests cutting-edge techniques, which are used at the estate prior to being applied at their other châteaux. Essentially, Château Saint-Michel is a kind of testing ground for Château Léoville Las Cases, and it is in the wines from Château Saint-Michel that the consumer can taste the forerunners of great vintages -- a truly unique opportunity
Immediately following harvest, optical sorting tables are used to remove 100% of any undersized and under-ripe grapes as well as 100% of stems and leaves. The yield is kept low, at 45 hectoliters per hectare, and the wine is aged in oak barrels, which were used to age Chateau Nénin in the previous vintage, resulting in a rich and concentrated wine.
The DELON philosophy can be simply summarized as follows:
- All their wines must be representative of their unique terroir.
- The wines must be able to improve with age.
- The wines are made to be consumed with meals.
|2014||90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc|
|2013||90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc||90 IWR|
|2011||60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon||91 IWR|