Here Jonathan Maltus gives us an expression of the St Emilion plateau, from a vineyard featuring hard calcaire à astéries bedrock, and thin soils. It is just around the corner from Château Fonroque. The picking chez Maltus was on October 2nd for the Merlot, which is 83% of the blend, and October 13th for the Cabernet Franc, which makes up the balancing 17%. The alcohol is 14.8%, with 3.47 g/l acidity. This is always one of the more minerally cuvées here, and it shows true to form in this vintage. A vibrant hue in the glass, and a very precise nose, pure and perfumed, with that tell-tale minerally smoke coming ahead of the fruit. There follows a very tightly coiled palate, textured but very pure and delineated, with a real elegance to it. I get dark cherry fruit, with a touch of curranty concentration, with floral notes, vanilla flower, culminating in real energy in the finish, and an elegant fading grip. A lovely style of wine that carries its alcohol well. Winemaker Neil Whyte has turned in a fine performance here.
17 - 18 Points