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.
2017 was not the vintage of the century but a lot of very good wine was made. A late April frost damaged many vineyards but those who survived with rewarded by a dry but not too hot July and August. Consequently, the grapes ripened correctly but the wines have a degree less alcohol and more freshness, which is no bad thing, compared to the vintages either side of this one.