From the consistent and Bordeaux appellation of Saint-Julien, this gem of a Petit Château on the left bank of the Gironde is well worthy of its position between the more famous Château Talbot and Château Lagrange (classified in 1855 as fourth and third growths respectively), of which it was once a part. Since 1964, the winery has been owned by the Meffre family, and today it is managed Jean-Paul and his two sons, Ludovic and Julien.
This enviable position elevates this Petit Château to something quite special and the unique terroir allows the 3 classic Bordeaux varietals to thrive and this wine contains a little of each. The most precious care is provided for both the vineyard and the vinification. Balance is key here and the blend of 55% Cabernet, 40% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc allows the wine to benefit from all the positive characteristics from each grape, but not be dominated by any. The structure and black fruit from the Cabernet Sauvignon are accompanied by the softer more plummy fruit from the Merlot and a touch earthiness from the Cabernet Franc. The wine spends 12 months in oak, around 30% of which is new adding depth and complexity. One of the best value wines from the Saint Julien appellation, almost impossible to find a first wine in this price and quality range.
A wine that possesses all the richness and power that you should expect from a classed Saint-Julien estate, but at half the price. The nose exudes flowers, tobacco, smoke, liquorice and dark fruit aromas. Full-bodied, lushly textured, round and fresh, the intense cassis fruit has this beautiful, opulent, sensuous character. Well-structured palate with fine grained tannins. An absolute beauty and a must with roast beef, ox cheek or beef en daube.