Vintage 2014

The Merlot grapes were harvested on the 9th, 10th and 14th October, the Cabernet Francs, the 14th and the 17th October. Fermentation in small, temperature controlled stainless steel vats; malolactic fermentation in barrels. Aging for 12-16 months in French oak barrels, 50% used for one wine. Approximately 6,000 bottles of L’IF 2014 were produced.

We are pleasantly surprised by the bright colour, the freshness and the purity of the young wine which since the beginning had juicy aromas of red fruit and was delicious, lively and attractive with a pretty structure. Final blend: 91% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc

Viticulture:

Appelation: Saint-Emilion
Surface area: 8ha, of which 5ha are in production in 2014
Varities planted: 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc – average age 40 years
Density: 6000 feet/ha existing, replanting at 7500 feet/ha

Terroir:

16% on clay-limestone plateau: subsoil of rocky limestone with starfish fossils
28% on clay hillsides: subsoil rocky limestone with starfish fossils
18% on clay hillsides: subsoil Agen sandstone
36% on clay-limestone hillsides: subsoil Fronsac sand and clay