Haut Roc Blanquant, St Emilion Grand Cru, 2014

  Haut Roc Blanquant

Haut Roc Blanquant, St Emilion Grand Cru

2014 This is the first release of the new third wine of Belair Monange, the J P Moueix estate that comprises the old Chateau Belair and Chateau Magdelaine. The vineyards are ideally situated on the plateau above Belair and Ausone, neighbouring Chateau Canon and the south facing slopes below Belair. It is regarded as one of the greatest terroirs in Bordeaux and now in the capable hands of the Moueix family, the vineyards are really beginning to show their full potential. We were a little sceptical when we heard that we would be tasting the third wine. Not that we are snobs, but third wines are sometimes not that exciting… The Haut Roc Blanquant was a revelation. It is bursting with vitality; pure, well delineated flavours abound from the glass. There is a real intensity and drive to the fruit, as well as a sense of tension and harmony, and a honed tannic profile. A real delight!

Contains Sulphites.

Appellation: St Emilion

St-Émilion is a very different region to those of the Médoc, dominated by small-holding farmers and estates rather than grand Châteaux. Merlot is widely planted as is Cabernet Franc in some parts. The wines are enormously variable in style depending on the terroir, the grape variety make-up and winemaking style. Loosely the region is divided between the limestone Côtes, Graves or gravelly limestone plateau or the sandy alluvial soils nearer the Dordogne. Traditionally Médoc wines were trade from Bordeaux and St Emilions from Libourne so they have their own classification system separate to that of 1855. The classification is revised every ten years and falls into four categories, St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé
Most of the district's best properties are either on the steep, clay-limestone hillsides immediately below the town or on a gravelly section of the plateau west of St Emilion itself abutting Pomerol. There are several high profile estates in the region, including Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Figeac, Le Dôme, Valandraud and Pavie.

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.