(2011 Vintage) This vineyard was designed to achieve a high level of quality. All the wine-growing decisions are geared toward this, from the choice of stocks at planting to the North-South orientation of the rows (to benefit more effectively from the light), and the choice of training method with short pruning (Royat cordon) on trellises. Yields are moderate, about 35 hl/ha, and we obtain ripe, healthy and concentrated grapes that easily yield up their colour and aromas in the fermentation and maceration phase as they ripen slowly. The grapes are harvested manually when they have reached optimal ripeness and taken to the cellar in wooden tubs. Some of the Syrah is vinified using carbonic maceration. The Grenache and the Mourvedre are destemmed and placed in stainless steel vats with a regulated temperature for traditional maceration over a period of 20 to 25 days. The different grape varieties are vinified separately. At the end of the winter, the wines are racked, blended and placed in 225 litre barrels in the barrel cellar of Chateau l’Hospitalet for a period of 12 months.
Wine SpectatorRating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 02/28/07.