This wine shows just how generous Merlot can be when grown in the ideal terroir.

Bottle Size: 750 mL

UPC Number: 088156019794

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  • Vintage 2010
  • Producer
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • Composition:
    Merlot, Cabernet Franc
  • Winemaker Notes Ever since it set up an acquisitions office in Bordeaux in 1883, Maison Sichel has remained a family business first and foremost. Since that time, six generations of the Sichel family have succeeded one another at the company’s helm.It was Peter A. Sichel who breathed new life into Maison Sichel by moving the business to Gironde's capital city in 1961, enabling it to flourish and gain the international reputation which it enjoys today. Today, Allan, Charles, James, Benjamin and David continue the task of their ancestors, each in his own special field. They have undertaken the task of developing the company while remaining faithful to their father’s philosophy, with respect for quality and the authenticity of the different terroirs.
  • Tasting Notes Crimson in color, with a rich and powerful bouquet of black fruit verging on inky. The supple, generous palate displays crisp, juicy extract over an elegant tannin base.

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  • Vineyard The Sichel range offers the consumer wines that are vinified with the highest levels of competence, selected with severity representative of the label of origin and which remain affordable. They are quality wines produced to bring guaranteed pleasure. Vineyard situated east of Bordeaux near to the town of Libourne. The quality of the wines is due to the extraordinary variety of soil types.
  • Vinification Most of the harvesting is done by hand when the grapes have reached ideal maturity. At the winery, the grapes are destemmed and crushed, then put in fermenters. The grapes are heated to around 22°C to give a rapid start to fermentation. The must is pumped over and aerated twice daily to extract as much color and tannin as possible. When alcoholic fermentation is complete, the vats are maintained at a temperature of around 30°C for 15 to 21 days. After de-vatting, malolactic fermentation takes place in the vat. Elevage then lasts 10 to 14 months, the wine being racked every four weeks. Before bottling, the wines are fined and then powder-filtered.
  • Viticulture Though the mix of varieties is identical, with Merlot predominating, the different crus are highly diverse owing first and foremost to the type and character of the soils. Here, a multitude of different soil types occur within a very restricted area. On the Saint-Émilion plateau, the hillsides and at the foot of the slopes, the soil lies thin on top of limestone subsoil. On the plain, the soil is made up of much deeper sand and clay.

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