• Ownership

      M. Xavier Jean

    • Director

      M. Denis Pomarède

    • Oenologist

      M. Thomas Duclos

    • Presentation

      We harvested the CALICEM plots on 19 September 2020, about one week earlier than in the previous four vintages. After a warm and sunny summer, we had
      obtained beautiful ripeness and very expressive berries, full of black fruit flavors, by mid-September. CALICEM 2020 is powerful and intense, the nearly two-year ageing has amplified the tannic complexity and structure of the vintage, while preserving the trademark long and saline finish.

    • Origin

      Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

    • History

      Plot acquired in 2014, adjacent to the classified plots of Couvent des Jacobins on the Southwest Slope, and at the Lieu-dit Mazerat, at the heart of the Southwest Amphitheater.

    • Estate size

      About 1 hectare

    • Vineyard age

      Vines of about 60 years.

    • Yield

      Yields were limited to about 25 hectolitres per hectare given the age of the vines.

    • Production

      Only about 2,240 bottles plus a few large formats.

    • Blend

      100% merlot.

    • Vine works

      Special attention placed on managing the old age of the vines. Plot conducted using the requirements of organic farming.

    • Harvest

      100 % hand harvests on September 19, 2020, with a first grape selection on the vine.

    • Winemaking

      Whole-barrel vinification ('vinification intégrale') in six 500-litre barrels for the whole plot. Daily slow manual pigeages for color extraction. Barrel-specific extractions at moderate temperatures to obtain silky tannins.

    • Ageing

      Exclusively in new French oak barrels of 500L from the Allier / Tronçais / Bertranges forests. Ageing during 22 months in oak.

    • Miscellaneous Data

      Alcohol: 14.5% vol. and pH of about 3.70.
      CALICEM 2020 was bottled in September 2022.

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