Situated northeast of the town, the vineyards surround those of Château Rayas. Spread over 70 hectares the soils vary greatly, from sand to quartz (galets) and clay/limestone outcrops. This diversity of soil and exposure adds complexity to the blend, with the fruit from the sandier soils lending aromatic elegance and that from the galets giving power and intensity. The vines are over 65 years in age and the fruit gains incredible levels of concentration as a result. After an early bud burst in April 2019, flowering was gradual with good conditions across all vineyards. A few rainy episodes at the end of spring increased the disease pressure but fortunately summer was hot, with high temperatures in June. Good water reserves meant the vines did not suffer hydric stress and the grapes were harvested at optimum ripeness between 12th September - 2nd October. This wine is dark ruby in colour. It has lively cherry notes on the nose, a touch of liquorice and hints of black pepper. On the palate, it is full-bodied and the ripe tannins gently support the cherry, cassis and herb character on the finish. Gift notes can also be included at no charge, please leave your gift message in the ’notes’ box.