Clos Dubreuil 2009, St Emilion Grand Cru
This small property, acquired by Benoît Trocard in 2002, is located on the lime plateau of Saint Emilion. The 18.5 acres of vines are subject to the greatest care. De-budding, thinning out, green harvest and sowing of grass are performed in order to obtain the highest-quality grapes with an optimum maturity. Grapes are harvested by hand and are placed in small crates. Clos Dubreuil combines power, concentration, richness and a great finesse. This wine is consistently touted by the conoscenti press in the wine world. This small, 18.5 acre, Clos Dubreuil vineyard consists of chalk and limestone terroir and is planted with 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc vines averaging 25 years in age. There are approximately 8 clusters per vine, resulting in a very low yield. After very strict selection of the grapes, un-crushed berries are submitted to a 10-day pre-fermentation, cold maceration and then to a 2 to 3 day fermentation at about 24° C. After a 6 to 8 weeks of vinification, barrels are filled with the wine to allow for malolactic fermentation. After this fermentation, the wine is stored in the 100% new oak barrels for 20 months of ageing, depending on the character and strength of the vintage..