Tasting Note: Deep purple color. Intensely spicy on the nose with notes of wood and fresh tobacco in a complex aromatic palette of well-developed maturity. In the mouth, a supple and tender attack presents tannins that are evident but not hard, while the mid-palate shows a pronounced acidity which adds dimension to the wine. The mouthwatering finish expresses the vintage's full complexity. Drink in the next four to six years.
Grape Variety: 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Viticulture: Green harvesting, with an initial leaf thinning on the eastern side of the vines in late June and a second in midAugust on the western side.
Vinification: The grapes are picked and sorted by hand, and alcoholic fermentation is triggered by indigenous yeast in temperature-controlled vats. The wine stays on the skins for 5 weeks. Malolactic fermentation in barrel.
Clos Lunelles is aged in new oak barrels for 18 to 24 months with racking avery 3 months. The final blend is made just before bottling, without fining or filtering.