La Capitelle de Baronarques 2017

The wine is garnet red with a crimson tint.

The elegant and refined nose reveals intense black fruit aromas together with cut hay and violet notes.

From a dense and well-structured attack, the mid-palate displays attractive fruit underpinned by creamy smooth and tender tannins. Spice and liquorice notes combined with succulent, aromatic fresh fruit leave a deliciously harmonious impression, while the long finish lingers on spice and juicy black fruit flavours.

2017

La Capitelle de Baronarques 2017

Varietal mix 45% Merlot
42% Syrah
13% Malbec

Maturing 6 months in one- or two-year-old barrels
Barrels from Château Mouton Rothschild

Tasting notes

The wine is garnet red with a crimson tint.

The elegant and refined nose reveals intense black fruit aromas together with cut hay and violet notes.

From a dense and well-structured attack, the mid-palate displays attractive fruit underpinned by creamy smooth and tender tannins. Spice and liquorice notes combined with succulent, aromatic fresh fruit leave a deliciously harmonious impression, while the long finish lingers on spice and juicy black fruit flavours.

2017 was the warmest year at Saint-Polycarpe since 2003 and the driest since 2006. The winter was mild and dry, but a good amount of rainfall in March (132mm) helped to replenish water reserves in the soil.

Budbreak came very early, starting on 18 March, five days earlier than the average.

High temperatures and moderate rainfall during the spring caused the vines to flower early, between 22 May and 5 June, about ten days earlier than in an average year.

The weather in June, July and August was hot, 1.5° higher than the average, and drier than usual, with 20% less rain.

Veraison occurred early, starting on 24 July and ending on 5 August.

Picking started with the Merlot on 13 September, 17 days earlier than in an average year, and ended on 5 October with the Cabernet Sauvignon parcel.

The grapes were in perfect health, though smaller than usual.

Drought meant that the average yield in 2017 was 42 hl/ha, 15% less than in a normal year.

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