Acte 8, 2016


The Guineaudeaus describe the 2016 growing season as 'a three step waltz'; the wet spring, the 'brutal' drought and the 'moderate' autumn. It makes it all sound so easy, but the reality was less serene. The 2016 range is amongst the very best we have ever tasted, but this came at a huge cost and much sacrifice. The eighth incarnation of Acte is spellbinding and complex. Since 2014 all the Cabernet Franc used in the blend comes from massale selections from the Lafleur vineyard - and it is this exquisite Cabernet Franc that provides the ethereal fragrance and lifted fruit. This is really complex and serious. Initially it is harder to understand (than Grand Village), but with aeration one can begin to see the potential. The limestone terroir gives this a deeply mineral, concentrated core and surprising complexity. Vibrant and high-toned tayberry and stones emerge from the glass while the palate is taut and powerful with an abundance of sleek cherry fruit. Salty, long and vivid. Thrilling.

Contains Sulphites.

About Acte

Acte is owned by the Guinaudeau family, who farm the legendary Château Lafleur in Pomerol. They also count among their holdings Château Grand Village in the commune of Mouillac. The family had often imagined finding a clay and limestone terroir on which to cultivate Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The regular drive from their home in Mouillac through Fronsac to Pomerol presented the opportunity to secure suitable plots. This is an ongoing project, buying up new parcels and re-planting. This process may take another 20 years to complete; the next generation will reap the rewards. The ambition it to eventually have equal plantings of Merlot and Cabernet Franc on soils that mirror the best terroirs of St Emilion .

Acte one debuted in 2009 and was an instant hit. It was fleshy, round, modern and accessible. Although it seemed rather unpretentious, it has developed into a really delightful and sophisticated wine. In fact all the early Actes have transformed into something finer and more elegant. Following lots of advances at the estate including a selction massale program (taking old pre-clonal Cabernet Franc, or Bouchet they are called on the right bank from Chateau Lafleur), subsequent vintages appear to have a more complex character and are beginning to share an unmistakeable similarity to the family’s Pomerol wines! If Lafleur and Pensees de Lafleur are out of your price range, or you want something for everyday drinking, Acte hits the spot!

Appellation: Bordeaux Supérieur

Bordeaux Supérieur, as the name suggests, offers a superior version of Bordeaux AOC wines. This is fostered by the higher quality standards to which viticulturists and vintners must adhere to in order to have Supérieur specified on their wine label.

Grape Blend: Merlot | Cab. Franc

Cabernet Franc with its unique herb infused red berry fragrance, adds backbone and acidity to the sensual, round favours of Merlot. This is as tried and tested combination used in the vast majority of serious St Emilion and Pomerol blends.