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    • Ownership

      Rose-Noëlle BORDE et Xavier JEAN

    • Director

      Denis POMARÈDE

    • Oenologist

      Thomas DUCLOS

    • Presentation

      A sunny and warm end of summer 2018 and a little bit of rain towards the harvest period benefitted the phenolic maturity of the CALICEM plot which is now nearly 60 years old. This 2018 vintage is all about control and precision. No search for excess of structure or oak, we instead privileged the fruit touch of these old vines. The finish is long and salivating, the trademark of CALICEM across vintages. We crafted about 2,300 bottles of CALICEM 2018.

    • Origin

      Saint-Émilion Grand Cru.

    • History

      Plot purchased by the JEAN and JOINAUD-BORDE families in 2015.

    • Estate size

      Less than 1 hectare.

    • Vineyard age

      The plot was planted in 1961/1962 and has been exclusively renewed through vine complantations, leading to an average age of almost 60 years.

    • Yield

      Given the high average age of vines in the plot, the yield was equivalent to about 25 hectolitres per hectare in the 2018 vintage.

    • Production

      About 2,300 bottles

    • Blend

      100% merlot.

    • Vine works

      Special attention placed on managing the very old age of the vines. Similar to sister estate Couvent des Jacobins, all vine works are undertaken using the principles of organic-farming.

    • Harvest

      100 % hand harvests on September 28, 2018, with a first grape selection on the plant and a second on the sorting table.

    • Winemaking

      Gravity-based, whole-barrel vinification ('vinification intégrale') in 500-litre barrels for the whole plot. Daily slow manual pigeages for color extraction. Extraction of about 30 days depending on the barrel and based on extensive tasting.

    • Ageing

      Exclusively French oak barrels of 500L from Allier/Tronçais/Bertranges forests. Ageing of about 22 months in oak (including the vinification intégrale). Two rackings during ageing.

    • Miscellaneous Data

      14.5% vol.
      Bottled in September 2020.

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