Château Vignelaure Red 2012

AOC Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence

, 15/20 La Revue du Vin de France in 01/01/2018 00:00:00 , 92/100, Highly recommended Decanter Review in 01/01/2017 00:00:00

Château Vignelaure Red 2012

Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (65%) and Shiraz (35%) from old vines (around 45 years old). A wine that can be drunk now but it is going to improve in the near future. Red with purple reflects. The nose offers very fruity notes (strawberry, blackcurrent, blackberry, raspberry) combine with leather earthy flavors and hint of spicies. Complexity in the mouth, tanins are still present. Great lenght on mature fruits and liquorice.

2012 vintage is a great vintage due to mature grapes and good balances. The vinification takes place first in stainless-steel tanks and then the wine is aged in oak barrels (228L and 400L with 1/4 of new oak) for 24 months.

Aging potential: between 15 and 20 years.

Food pairing: Wild game dishes, burgundy beef, duck breast, wild boar stew.

Vine age: about 45 years old.

Vineyard area: 53 hectares among which 15 hectares selected for the blend of  Château Vignelaure Red 2012.

Soil type: Limestone and clay mixed with gravel.

Yield: global yield : 32Hl/Ha. Average yield for the parcels selected for the production of Château Red 2012: 26 Hl/Ha. Hand harvest with careful sorting.