Sandrine Giraud

Chateau Vieux Faurie, Cuvée Gabrielle, Saint Emilion Grand Cru, 2019

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Color: deep garnet with a clear rim, with a blood-like viscosity. Strong aromas coming out of the glass of red berries, ripened plums, figs, violet, subtle mineral notes of graphite. Very refined elegant integrated flavors of earth mineral, ripened dark plums, red beets, cranberry, lingonberry, red and blue berries. Youthful, vivid, yet elegant acidity that is a testomy of a very long aging potential. HVE certified. Only sells this wine in the US.

70+ years old
Intensive labor by hand, plowing, trimming, pruning, control of yield, harvests done by hand. Sustainable agriculture. HVE certification in progress
Destemmed, pressed vertically. Alcoholic fermentation for 5 days, then long malolactic fermentation of 4 weeks for 2018 with gentle daily pumping over. Settling, then transfer of the wine to French oak barrel (30% new, 70% one-twi wine). Aged another 24 month before bottling.
Red Bordeaux blend
Merlot 80%, Cabernet Franc 20%
370 cases
2018 and 2019 were very similar. 2019 was an ideal vintage for the Right bank. Winter was cool enough to let the plant rest. Eventhough 2019 spring was rainy prior to the budburst, this stage and following ones beneficiated a clean dry weather. The warm and dry summer optimized the maturity of fruits. Harvest started at peak maturity. After vinification, wines revealed to be lush, aromatic and structured. An excellent vintage. It gave the opportunity to push to fermentation even further than usual, and bring a fantastic quality and aging potential to an already great estate. 
Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Estate a 1,000 feet away from Chéteau Cheval Blanc, rich sandy soil with scattered iron pigmented dirt

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