Château Les Hauts-Conseillants 2015 Lalande a Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

Owner: The Figeac-Bourotte family. Director: Jean-Baptiste Bourotte. Michel Rolland’s team. Eco-friendly integrated agriculture. Surface area:; 10 hectares. Soils: 6 ha sandy-clayey at the surface, with gravelly subsoil and 4 ha on a gravelly outcrop that contains 10% clay. Grape varieties: 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Vine density: 6,000-8,000 vines per hectare. Harvesting: Mechanical with sorting process embarked on the machine followed by sorting out on a vibrating table Vats: thermoregulated cement and stainless steel Vinification: plot by plot; manual pumping over, maceration for around one month, pneumatic press Ageing: 15 months in fine-grained French oak barrels (1/3 new, 1/3 one wine, 1/3 two wines). 1-2 rackings per year. A blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc with a fresh, vibrant nose with crushed strawberry, cherry and crushed stone with very good delineation and vivacity. The palate is medium -bodied with tensile tannins, just a little
angular on the entry but very fresh and pure with good weight on the crisp, taut finish.