Château Vieux Maillet 2016
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ABOUT THE WINE
Appellation | Pomerol
Grape | 73% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc & 8% Cabernet Sauvignon
Ageing | One third of new French oak barrels and 2 thirds of used French oak barrels (Remond, Taransaud, Stockinger, Seguin Moreau, …) during 14 months.
Tasting Notes | A ripe, fruity, rich and intense nose, vanilla and spices. On the palate, notes of raspberry and plum coulis
Pairing | Game meat, red meats.
Drinking | 2020-2035
Critic Notes / Awards | Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 93, Jeb Dunnuck 88, Wine Spectator 89-92, Jancis Robinson 16, Decanter 85, James Suckling 95, Wine Advocate (Neal Martin) 86-88, Wine Advocate 86-88
ABOUT THE CHÂTEAU
Château Vieux Maillet is located east of the Pomerol plateau, near the Saint-Emilion appellation. The first characteristic of this terroir is the great diversity of its soils. In fact, there are brown and gravelly soils, clay loams and sandy-clay soils on deep gravels. This gives the wines a complexity that requires advanced age to express themselves perfectly. Since 2004, Hervé and Griet Lavale, already owners of the castles of Lussac and Franc Mayne, have taken over the castle. They changed the team and enlarge the vineyard in order to magnify the surface area and the appellation.
Owner: Hervé and Griet Lavale
Soils : Gravely, sandy soils over clayey molasse with ferruginous sandstone over a deep gravel under soil.
Farming: 100% hand harvested. 8 hectares of vines
Vines: 35years of age