Château Vieux Clos Saint-Emilion

Château Vieux Clos Saint-Emilion

This property is located on the famous western plateau of Saint-Emilion and is just a few hundred metres from the town. The owner of this property is a nurseryman, who supplies many properties with vines, so understandably his vineyard is immaculately well cared for.

The eight hectares of vines, planted on gravel soil, are mostly merlot and cabernet franc, but there is also a small amount of cabernet sauvignon and malbec, which is often called pressac here. The vines' age (on average 40 to 50 years) gives an added intensity to the grapes' character.

The wine - a blend of 50% merlot, 40% cabernet franc and 10% malbec - is vinified in cement vats and stainless-steel tanks before being aged in oak. Vieux Clos Saint-Emilion is a charming, fruity wine for relatively early drinking and can be approached between three and ten years after the vintage.

Members' Comments (2)

"Working on a bottle of the 2011. The tannins are still rather harsh; it probably needs another year or two in bottle."

Dr Christopher Currie (25-Nov-2015)

"The wine is in the early stages of its drink window (2014 to 2020) and will, as Dr. Currie says, benefit from a little longer in bottle to reach its peak. Aeration will help the wine to open up, so I would recommend decanting an hour in advance of drinking."

Mr Tim Sykes (Head of Buying) (26-Nov-2015)

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