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Château Martinet, 2018

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STORY BEHIND THIS WINE

Chateau Martinet belongs to the Pradel de Lavaux family, which owns nine châteaux in the Libournais, also known as the right bank of Bordeaux. It is located on a splendid 25-hectare property in the heart of the city of Libourne. It is an 18th century hunting lodge surrounded by 6 hectares of spectacular trees and 17 hectares of vines. Château Martinet is a city vine- yard, offering a warm microclimate allowing for optimal grape ripeness. 65% Merlot 35% Cabernet Franc grown on soils of sand, clay and gravel.

The average age of grape the vines is 40 years old. The wine matures 15 to 18 months in oak barrels, which are 1/3 each new, one year old and two-year-old.

OUR IMPRESSION

2018 is considered an excellent vintage in Bordeaux after a warm dry summer season and especially where vineyards had clay to retain some of moisture from a damp spring, as is so on the right bank in St. Émilion and Pomerol.


The season produced very ripe grapes which made wines, like this, with great concentration of fruit such as cherry, plum and red currant, allied to a juicy fresh acidity with ripe tannins adding a little weight and structure. It can be enjoyed in its youth but should age well for 15 years.

Awards & Reviews

94 pts James Suckling
89 pts Wine Spectator
“Ripe and focused, with gently steeped plum and black cherry flavours racing along, lined with light-handed sweet toast and black liquorice. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2026”

"This is a wine to put by for a few years. But it's lovely now too, in its youthful exuberance." Tom Doorley, The Irish Mail on Sunday, 04/04/21

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