Neighbouring the most famous vineyards of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol (Cheval Blanc, La Dominique, Petrus), Château Croque Michotte consists of just about 14 hectres of vines set on clayey sub soils covered in intensely gravelly soil stones/pebbles (graves) and ancient sands. The average age of the vines is 52 years old. The practice of small harvests and very rare use of fertilizers enables the production of wines to conform to the soil and benefiting from a natural acidity crucial to the production of vin de garde (wine for keeping/laying down). The wines are aged, for about twenty months, slowly, depending on the rhythms of the seasons and stay a year in French fine grained oak barrels. They are not filtered and hardly ever fined.
This St Emilion Grand Cru 2011 is a rich dark purple colour. It has wonderfully complex notes of dark fruits, blackcurrant, cedar, earth and vanilla, smooth tannins and a beautiful long lingering finish. A seriously good wine! Can be drank now or left for 10 years or more. An absolute bargain for a St Emilion Grand Cru of this quality.
74% merlot, 25% cabernet franc, 1% cabernet sauvignon
AOC St Emilion