Chateau Cap Saint Georges 2018, Saint-Georges Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France

Chateau Cap Saint George is owned by Jean Philippe Janoueix who owns several vineyards in the Right Bank, in Pomerol, Saint-Emilion, and Bordeaux Superieur. The estate was purchased by Jean-Philippe Janoueix in 2014, which also marks the debut of their first vintage. While the first vintage produced here by the new owners is relatively recent, the vineyard has one of the longest histories in the region as evidence shows the site was cultivated by the ancient Romans close to 2,000 years ago. The 19-hectare vineyard of Chateau Cap Saint George is planted to 86% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Franc with vines that face due south. The has a terroir of limestone and clay soils. The vines are old. On average, they are close to 32 years of age. The vine density is 5,5000 vines per hectare for the older plantings with new plantings taking place at a higher level of density, 6,600 vines per hectare. To produce the wine of Chateau Cap Saint George, vinification takes place in vat. Malolactic fermentation occurs in barrels. The wine is then aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for between 16-18 months, with the first 6 months of aging on its lees before bottling. Tasting notes: Lush, fat, juicy, sweet and forward, there are blackberries, dark raspberries and plums all over the place. The finish is long, low acid and fruity.