Saint Emilion Grand Cru wines are produced under slightly tighter production restrictions than regular Saint Emilion wines. As with other Grand Cru appellations, the intention behind this is to improve the quality, and to distinguish the area's finer wines from the more everyday wines. There are four key differences between the production restrictions for Saint Emilion wines, and those for Saint Emilion Grand Cru wines.
First, the vineyard yield is restricted to 8.000Kg per hectare. Second, the grapes must be harvest with a must weight of at least 189 grams of sugar per liter rather than 180. Third, the finished wine must reach a minimum alcohol level of 11.5. Fourth, and finally the wine must be stored by the producer for an extra 14 months before being released for sale.
This wine has a very intense bouquet: after the young wood appear notes of fruit and violet bringing plenty of charm to the ensemble. The strong, full palate is delivered by grilled and toasty tannins.
Pair with: Duck mousse