Situated next door to Valandraud and Monbousquet this 2 hectare vineyard with 100%merlot shares the same sandy, gravelly soils these two legendary chateaux. Dark purplewith very polished bramble and hedgerow fruit, its firm structure will allow it to agebeautifully. April 2001
A small neighbor of Monbousquet (only 5 acres in size), this is a 100% Merlot wine made from 35-year-old vines cropped at 28 hectoliters per hectare. With admirable size, intensity, and power, the dense ruby/purple-colored 2000 offers thick, chewy, black cherry, and currant fruit, medium to full body, low acidity, and layers of glycerin. It should be delicious young, but evolve for 12 years. The vineyard produced 625 cases in 2000. Drink 2007-2015
This is a serious St.-Emilion garage winery. This 100% Merlot cuvee (625 cases) emerges from 35-year old vines planted in sandy soil and cropped at a low 28 hectoliters per hectare. With admirable size, intensity, and power, the dense ruby/purple-colored 2000 offers thick, chewy, black cherry, and currant fruit, medium to full body, low acidity, and layers of glycerin. It should be delicious young, but evolve for 12-15 years. Drink 2002-2017
South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate - the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion's popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into "A" (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and "B" (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.