The blessing of a great terroir
As the devastating effects of frosts have a serious impact on the viticultural landscape of Bordeaux, Saint-Julien can give thanks to Saint Vincent, patron Saint of the vineyard workers. Blessed by his protection from the worst of the exceptional frosts and safeguarded for the duration of the vintage.
Grapes: 67% Cabernet Sauvignon 31% Merlot 2% Petit Verdot
Production: 208,000 bottles
Harvest time: 20th September to 3rd October
The magic of the summer solstice
Under outstanding climatic conditions, the important stages of the vegetative cycle proceeded very well. Our great terroir and the expertise of our winemaking team make 2016 an exceptional wine.
Grapes: 63% Cabernet Sauvignon 29% Merlot 6% Petit Verdot 2% Cabernet Franc
Production: 206,500 bottles
Harvest time: 5th to 20th October
The magic of the number 5 !
A cold winter, punctuated rainfall and the warm summer sun ensured perfect development of vines and grapes throughout all the key stages of the growing season. The human touch will make it an exceptional vintage.
Grapes: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon 26% Merlot 6% Petit Verdot 3% Cabernet Franc
Production: 221,270 bottles
Harvest time: 24th September to 10th October
A vintage marked by the Indian summer
A prodigious succession of mild weather, humidity, heat and sunshine characterizes the 2014 vintage. The Indian summer helped promote perfect ripeness of the grapes.
Grapes: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
Production: 180 000 bottles
Harvest time: 1st to 14th October
In contrast to previous vintages, water reserves were high after a wet winter. Vine growth got off to a slow start due to cool, wet conditions, foretelling of a late budbreak.
Grapes: 65 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdo,t 3% Cabernet Franc
Production: 154 727 bottles
Harvest time: From 2nd to 17th October
A true vintage for pleasure...
With wide ranges in temperature and rainfall, 2012 was a challenging year for the vineyard. After favorable conditions returned mid-July, this vintage, though off to an early start, proved to be late in reaching its optimum maturity beginning on 8th October. Tasting after tasting, 2012 never ceases to amaze and charm us.
Grapes: 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot
Production: 184 860 bottles
Harvest time: From 8th to 19th October
The year of Precision...
… in the vineyard: Working the soil is essential in dry years and leaf pulling limits the evaporation of water by the vine.
… in determining the date of the harvest.
… in the selection of berries using our optical sorting machine, adjusting parameters to each grape variety.
… in conducting cold macerations to reveal the purity of the fruit and aromas.
… in fermentations, adapting pump-overs for a gentle extraction of tannins and color.
… in the length and temperature of macerations to optimize the quality of the tannins
Grapes: 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc
Production: 178 488 bottles
Harvest time: From 19th September to 1st October
First fabulous trilogy of the XXIst century
2010 is a sunny vintage reminiscent of 2009, although with lower temperatures. The wine itself shows the classicism of the 2008 vintage and the style of the 2005 with additional power. The new double-wall truncated cone shaped vats allow a real plot-by-plot vinification of the Grand Vin for the first time, enabling a pre-fermentary cold maceration to be carried out in optimum conditions. The results are immediately visible both in the aromatic intensity of the fruit and in the quality of tannins extracted. The Cabernet Sauvignon reveals the purity of its fruit with this vintage.
2010 promises an exceptional potential !
Grapes: 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc
Production: 214 768 bottles
Harvest time: From 1st to 18th October
A new 1982 ?
The vine is an extraordinary plant with the natural capacity to adapt to weather changes and rising temperatures. Since 2001, the beautiful Indian summers, along with the absence of rainfall during the equinoxes, have allowed the Cabernet Sauvignon to ripen perfectly. Is this Bordeaux’s answer to global warming ? Man’s work : careful mastery of the yields and rigorous selection at each step of the vine growing and winemaking processes have made this one of the most attractive vintages of the decade, on the level of the memorable 1982.
Grapes: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc
Production: 212 233 bottles
Harvest time: From 29th September to 12th October
The prodigious classical latecomer
Three essential elements enabled us to wait until the beginning of October for optimal ripeness: Man’s hard work, the Saint-Julien “terroir” and the welcome September sun. There was frequent rainfall from November to March, interspersed with very cold spells.
Grapes: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot 7% Petit Verdot 3% Cabernet Franc
Production: 215 710 bottles
Harvest time: From 6th to 18th October
A truly “charming” vintage
Despite generally difficult weather conditions, thanks to Man’s hard work and the exceptional terroir, along with the more clement weather in September, a “charming” vintage was born.
Grapes: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon 24% Merlot 7% Petit Verdot 4% Cabernet Franc
Production: 257 000 bottles
Harvest time: From 26th September to 10th October
“A Great 2006”
The vines benefited from very similar weather conditions to 2005 until September. The careful mastery of vine-care techniques followed by well-adapted vinification methods have brought out the full quality potential of this vintage, revealing a remarkable wine, more marked by the Cabernet Sauvignon than usual, comparable to 1996.
Grapes: 73% Cabernet Sauvignon 21% Merlot 6% Petit Verdot
Production: 235 000 bottles
Harvest time: From 21st September to 7th October
Very dry weather, without heat waves, hailed this “sunny” yet classic vintage. The fruit picked at incomparable ripeness allowed the making of a very fine wine that encourages the use of superlatives.
Grapes: 68% Cabernet Sauvignon 26% Merlot 6% Petit Verdot
Production: 230 000 bottles
Harvest time: From 26 September to 8 October