Gamme : Domains
Millésime : 2014
Planted area : 1,85 hectare
Locality : BENAIS
Situation : On the hill, mid-slope
Orientation : South
Altitude : 75 metres
Climate : A very clement Spring brought an early start for vegetation, and the following good weather in June helped a homogenous flowering. The rather morose summer was followed by a radiant month of September, helping the grapes to their full maturity.
Soil : Limestone clay
Grape variety : 100 % cabernet franc (locally called «Breton ») grafted on a 3309 and 101/14 stock.
Average age of vines : 55 years, density 5000 plants/hectare.
Yield : 42 hectolitres/hectare
Alcoolic degree : 12°5 without chaptalization.
Harvesting : Manual and mechanical. Done on the 10th octobre.
Vinification : 100 % destemming without pressing.Vinification in vats thermostatically controlled by internal heat exchangers at 26 – 28 °C. 12 day fermentation without pressing. Malolactic fermentation done immediately after draining and completed by the 10th of December
Maturing : Lightly filtered on a diatomic bed, matured traditionnally in barrels for several months (1/2 hogshead of 600 litres) . Bottled two years after harvesting.
Aging potential : Up to 20 years for this very good millésime.