CHÂTEAU DE MACARD
Bordeaux Supérieur 'Reserve'
|Vineyard Blend||Cabernet Franc/Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Terroir||45 year old vines (on average: the oldest Cabernet Franc vines are over 100 years old) in limestone and clay soils on a plateau overlooking the Dordogne River, 310 feet above the river, facing south. The limestone is under a layer of dense clay, which, combined with abundant underground water, provides an excellent fertility. Moderate oceanic climate.|
|Farming||Vines tended to by hand. Harvested parcel by parcel.|
|Winemaking||Selection parcel by parcel, sorted at the vine and again at the winery. Complete destemming. Fermentation in stainless steel vats with temperature control. Pneumatic press.|
|Aging||Aged under temperature- and aeration-control for 18 months.|
On a rocky plateau overlooking the Dordogne River, just upstream from Saint-Émilion, a parcel of Cabernet Franc vines up to 100 years dig roots deep into the clay-limestone soils. The vines sit on the same south-facing clay and limestone slope as the greats of Saint-Émilion, a soil very suited to grapevines, with moderate water intake and mineral richness supplied by the limestone. A high anthocyanin content enables a marvelously deep red color, and the wine offers an admirable aromatic profile, refined and complex, and lasting
These Cabernet Franc vines are the soul of this wine. It really comes through on the palate as the wine offers attractive raspberry aromas with notes of spices and herbs. There is superb balance, purity and elegance with refined tannins, fresh acidity and a seamless, sophisticated finish. Merlot brings extra fruit and depth, and Cabernet Sauvignon contributes to the wine’s structure. The vines are planted at a density of 6000 vines per hectare. This is the type of density found on Grand Cru properties. A typical Bordeaux Supérieur density is around 3000vines/ha. This high density means that each vine has less grapes to nourish, which translates to better concentration and complexity of aromas in the final wine.
|2014||60% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon||XX IWR|
|2011||60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon||91 IWR|