Rose-Noëlle BORDE & Xavier JEAN.
Thomas DUCLOS (Oenoteam).
Grand Cru Classé - Saint-Émilion.
In the JEAN and JOINAUD families since 1902.
About 10.7 hectares.
Plots of age varying from 10 to 55 years.
About 22Hl per hectare.
About 1,500 cases.
82% Merlot / 11% Cabernet Franc / 7% Petit Verdot
The proportion of petit verdot in the 2018 vintage at Couvent approaches its steady state.
Traditional 4-way ploughing; eco-dynamic cultural methods, including strictly no herbicides, proactive disease management, moderate fertilizing; first year of official conversion to organic farming; yield management through green harvesting when appropriate; hand harvests and parcel-specific selection according to phenolic maturity and vintage conditions. Harvesting took place between September 20 and October 03 for the merlot, October 08 for the cabernets francs, and October 15 for the petit verdot.
Parcel-specific vinification in our new small-scale tronconic stainless steel vats; pre-fermentation maceration of 2-5 days at 10°C-12°C; temperature-controlled macerations of 20 to 29 days; moderate extraction following regular tasting; "Whole-berry" vinification with manual pigeage for the petit verdot; vinification without added SO2.
12 to 15 months ageing, with 45% new barrels, 55% barrels of 1 wine.
Wine Advocate (93-95); James Suckling (93-94); Jeff Leve (91-03); Antonio Galloni (90-93); Jeb Dunnuck (90-92).