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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
The vineyards of Vieux Maillet are 30 years old on average and are made up of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Isabelle, Baudoin and their team carefully look after their vineyards during the growing season, pulling leaves and thinning the clusters if necessary to make sure that each bunch gets the sunlight and air it needs to ripen and stay healthy.
Harvest, the moment when a whole year's work is consecrated, usually begins in late September after the "Ban des Vendanges" is declared (the official decree allowing picking to begin). All the grapes are picked by hand and meticulously sorted in the vineyard so that nothing but the most ripe and most healthy of grapes enters the chai. Fermentation takes place in traditional cement tanks that are equipped for temperature control. Fermentation and maceration continue for around 15 days, with frequent "remontages" or pumping over. The wine is then aged in oak barrels between 18 and 24 months before bottling.
"Shows aromas of toasty oak, white pepper and ripe fruit. Turns to coffee and dried flowers. Full-bodied, round and soft, with a velvety texture and a long finish. A pretty wine. Best after 2012. 1,250 cases made."
Château Vieux Maillet is situated on the east side of the plateau of Pomerol. Isabelle and Baudoin Motte, owner since 1994, sold the château in 2004. In 2005, a new technical staff was set up and in 2006, was undertaken the renovation of the cellars and restructuring of the vineyard. Grape-varieties: Merlot 90 %, Cabernet Franc 10 %.
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