Rose-Noëlle BORDE et Xavier JEAN
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.
Saint-Émilion Grand Cru.
Plot purchased by the JEAN and JOINAUD-BORDE families in 2015.
Less than 1 hectare.
The plot was planted in 1961/1962 and has been exclusively renewed through vine complantations, leading to an average age of almost 60 years.
Given the high average age of vines in the plot, the yield was equivalent to about 25 hectolitres per hectare in the 2018 vintage.
About 2,300 bottles
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.
100 % hand harvests on September 28, 2018, with a first grape selection on the plant and a second on the sorting table.
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.
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.
Bottled in September 2020.