• Ownership

      Rose-Noëlle BORDE & Xavier JEAN.

    • Director

      Denis POMARÈDE.

    • Oenologist

      Thomas DUCLOS (Oenoteam).

    • Origin

      Grand Cru Classé - Saint-Émilion.

    • History

      In the JEAN and JOINAUD families since 1902.

    • Estate size

      About 10.7 hectares.

    • Vineyard age

      Plots of age varying from 10 to 55 years.

    • Yield

      About 22Hl per hectare.

    • Production

      About 1,500 cases.

    • Blend

      82% Merlot / 11% Cabernet Franc / 7% Petit Verdot
      The proportion of petit verdot in the 2018 vintage at Couvent approaches its steady state.

    • Vine works

      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.

    • Winemaking

      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.

    • Ageing

      12 to 15 months ageing, with 45% new barrels, 55% barrels of 1 wine.

    • Miscellaneous Data

      14.5% vol.

    • Press

      Wine Advocate (93-95); James Suckling (93-94); Jeff Leve (91-03); Antonio Galloni (90-93); Jeb Dunnuck (90-92).

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