Acte 9, 2017

  Acte

£139.50 for 12x37.5cl
 
£132.00 for 3x150cl
 
£132.00 for 6x75cl
 

The young Bouchet vines (a massale selection from Chateau Lafleur) were hit hardest by the frost. As a result, the 2017 Acte is 100% Merlot. Taking out such a vital part of this wine's DNA is bound to have an effect. It loses that wonderful aromatic profile that the Bouchet provides, but it gains an even more seductive texture. This is less of a Lafleur sibling and more akin to the great Merlot dominated wines from the limestone plateau of St Emilion. Mineral infused Merlot fruit, quite forward and very alluring. The profile is so refined and polished, waves of effortless well delineated cherry and damson coat the palate. This is super stylish and delicious.

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.