M. Xavier Jean
M. Denis Pomarède
M. Thomas Duclos
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.
Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
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.
About 1 hectare
Vines of about 60 years.
Yields were limited to about 25 hectolitres per hectare given the age of the vines.
Only about 2,240 bottles plus a few large formats.
Special attention placed on managing the old age of the vines. Plot conducted using the requirements of organic farming.
100 % hand harvests on September 19, 2020, with a first grape selection on the vine.
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.
Exclusively in new French oak barrels of 500L from the Allier / Tronçais / Bertranges forests. Ageing during 22 months in oak.
Alcohol: 14.5% vol. and pH of about 3.70.
CALICEM 2020 was bottled in September 2022.