70% merlot, 30% cabernet
Intense colour in the glass, with a fine, elegant nose that releases aromas of black fruit, spices, peppery and jammy strawberry. On swirling, these evolve towards fruit and mineral aromas. Supple in the attack, the palate reveals fine fruity, fleshy extract with a vivifying hint of freshness and a finish supported by taut tannins. An elegantly
crafted wine. A marvellous accompaniment for strong-flavoured foods or for cheese at the end of a meal.
A wine which is worth cellaring for a few years – drinking nicely from 2012 but with an ageing potential of several years more.
At Château Cardinal-Villemaurine, harvesting is done by hand as it has been since the estate was created. The wine is vinified using traditional methods, but with modern temperature control and grape reception techniques. The vats and barrels are filled by gravity to preserve the wine’s structure and flavour. The wines are aged in barrels for 16 months to 2 years in spacious underground cellars carved into the limestone rock, which offer excellent storage conditions.
Situated at the centre of the small, historic town of Saint-Emilion, the estate has been family-run for the past four generations. The name of this tiny vineyard originates from the time of the Saracen invasions around 732, when the Moor armies set up an observation camp here – hence the name of Villemaurine, meaning the town of the Moors. Produced with passionate dedication by Jean-François Carrille, this wine expresses all the finesse and elegance of this exceptional terroir.
Calcareous clay soil and subsoil typical of the best Saint-Emilion growths.