Prieuré La Marzelle 2019

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

A vintage of know-how and common sense of the farmer and a year that was marked by contrasting climatic episodes.

The winter was mild with above average temperatures, favoring an early bud burst.
At the beginning of June, the weather was relatively cool and wet, bringing with it a long and difficult flowering with consequential shatter and millerandage.

The teams at Chateau La Marzelle would, painstakingly, stop in front of every vine-plant in order to select only the most qualitative bunches and berries.
In the summer, there were heatwave conditions from July until September. Our herbal infusions and plant-based decoctions permitted the vines to thrive remarkably under these particular circumstances.
The ripening of the grapes took place slowly. The harvest commenced on the 24th of September and ended on the 7th of October, 2019.

Our state-of-the-art harvest reception system permitted us to undertake not only a parcel selection, but a berry-by-berry selection. To vinify we used our stainless-steel vatting cellar that was completely renovated in 2012 and is perfectly temperature controlled.

The wine is aged in 225L and 500L new French oak barrels.

Specifications

  • Vineyard 14.95 hectares/one holding
  • Grape varieties 73% Merlot - 20% Cabernet Franc - 7% Cabernet sauvignon
  • Density 5700 to 7150 plants/ha
  • Average age 30 years
  • Production 13 000 bottles
  • Situation High terrace of Saint-Emilion formed by Isle River bed
  • Soil Ancient sands, Deep gravel, Blue clay
  • Pruning Bordelaise (2 Frank canes)
  • Alcohol 14%