Domaine de Baronarques 2013

The wine is an attractive garnet red with purple highlights.

The intense and delicate nose reveals luscious ripe fruit aromas mingled with succulent milk chocolate and liquorice notes.

The supple and smooth attack shows mature, elegant, well-rounded tannins, while the packed and elegant mid-palate expands on red fruit flavours accompanied by notes of toast, leaving an impression of succulence and fullness.

Distinguished, the very long finish lingers on elegant fruit.

2013

Domaine de Baronarques 2013

Varietal mix 80% Bordeaux varieties
53% Merlot
23% Cabernet Franc
4% Cabernet Sauvignon

20% Mediterranean varieties
12% Syrah
8% Malbec

Maturing 25% new barrels
75% 1- to 3-year-old barrels

Tasting notes

The wine is an attractive garnet red with purple highlights.

The intense and delicate nose reveals luscious ripe fruit aromas mingled with succulent milk chocolate and liquorice notes.

The supple and smooth attack shows mature, elegant, well-rounded tannins, while the packed and elegant mid-palate expands on red fruit flavours accompanied by notes of toast, leaving an impression of succulence and fullness.

Distinguished, the very long finish lingers on elegant fruit.

2013 began with a wet winter which helped to replenish water reserves in the soil.

Budbreak started with the Merlot on 28 March and ended with the Cabernet Sauvignon on 4 April, usual dates for the Domaine.

Spells of cold and wet weather followed from April on, holding back the vegetation cycle.

Flowering took place from 11 to 29 June, about fifteen days later than in an average year.

Aggregate rainfall of 71 mm and normal high temperatures in July and August ensured good conditions for growth in the vineyard. However, the vegetation cycle still lagged 15 days behind the average at the time of veraison, which lasted from 18 August to 5 September for the red grape varieties.

September was pleasant and October particularly hot and dry, with average temperatures 1.5 °C higher than normal and only 21 mm of rain. The grapes ripened faster in these favourable conditions, yielding a healthy and mature crop. Harvesting began 15 days later than the average but ended only three days later than in a normal year.

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