jueves, 13 de diciembre de 2012

Château De Candale (Gran Cru A.O.C Saint-Emilion)



CHATEAU DE CANDALE (GRAN CRU A.O.C SAINT-EMILION)

Property of 13 hectares, purchased in 2010 by Jean-Louis owner of the cooperage VICARD, Château de Candale enjoys a privileged location in the heart of the Sait-Emilion vineyards, on a southern slope of calcareous clay.

The winery is open to visitors and has a restaurant-bistro called "L´atelier de Candele".

- Vineyard surface area: 13 ha.
- Density: 6000 vines/ha.
- Average age off the vines: 30 years.
- Soil and subsoil: clay-limestone and clay siliceous.
- Grape varieties: Merlot noir 84%, Cabernet Franc 14%, Cabernet sauvignon 2%.
The many “micro-plots” of vines are located in the hamlet of "Les Grandes Plantes" on hillsides with a great variety of soil types and orientations.


- Harvests: The focus is very much on getting the ripest grapes, so manual harvesting is carried out as late as possible, spreading picking out over time according to the grape variety, soils and exposure to the sun on the different plots. They always begin by the young vines, then move on to the plots of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and finish off with the Cabernet-Sauvignon.

In the cellar, the incoming grapes are handled with meticulous care, with several sorting tables to select the grapes one by one.

- Maturing: Between 12 and 18 months depending on the vintage, essentially in French oak barrels of 225 litres (new and used).

- Production: 50,000 bottles a year, of which about 2/3 of "Château De Candale" and 1/3 of "Château Roc De Candale".


- Cellar: The Château de Candale winery combines technology and the best of winemaking tradition in cutting-edge facilities.

State-of-the-art wooden upright tanks are used for “traditional” winemaking. They offer two key advantages: their thermal inertia, making for slower, more regular fermentation, and gentle oxygenation of the must and wine. During maceration, access via the tops of the vats makes manual cap-punching easier. This manual process is preferred to mechanical pumping over to get gentler, finer extraction. The open conical tanks also allow the marc to be observed during fermentation: its texture, colour and the way it reacts to fermentation are all signs that allow extraction to be fine-tuned in real time. This is a method based on close observation and sensoiy analysis.

Stainless-steel upright tanks with temperature control for malolactic fermentation. Thanks to this high-precision technology, each batch is appraised individually and matured according to its specific characteristics through to the final blend..

A barrel cellar where the wine goes for 12 to 18 months, depending on the vintage. Their cellar is equipped with a system enabling each barrel to be rotated on its stand. This keeps the lees in suspension and therefore enriches the wine while also developing its flavours. The air-conditioned cellar can contain up to 240 barrels, mainly of the VICARD brand.

Humidity levels are kept at around 70%, but this does not quite prevent evaporation of some of the wine. The cellar master therefore tops up the barrels, by adding a little wine from time to time to make up for losses from absorption by the wood.


Château De Candale 2010 - Saint Emilion Grand Cru

Stéphane Derenoncourt wrote (06/11/10): “a great tasting session and a success right from the start, with 4 magnificent tanks worthy of the great Saint Emilion limestone terroirs. Violets, iris, spices, white fruit, wild blackberries and mild, silky mouth-feel, plus a chalky, salty finish. A delight. Well done!”

This is a great sunny vintage. The summer was hot and dry, but the subsoil saved the day and ripening was not brought to a halt.

- Bouquet: very open, raspberry and fresh-fruit scents with floral hints
- Palate: well balanced and endowed with a good complex structure.

2010 will be the first vintage to bear the Stéphane Derenoncourt “signature”.

Roc de Candale 2010 - Saint Emilion Grand Cru

The other wine of Château De Candale comes mainly from the plots of sand and sand-clay, mainly at the foot of the slopes. It is a different style of wine, rounded, tast and therefore more easily accessible.



S Off Sandale - Bordeaux Rosé

Rosé made with 100% Merlot grapes which come from 30-year old vines on average, planted in clay-limestone and clay-silt soils.

The vinification process comes after the grapes are hand-picked; they are then transferred to barrels, 20% bled and then undergo cold stabilization.

This easy-drinking rosé is available only in silkscreen printed bottles.
- Nose: notes of ripe, red fruits.
- Palate: Fresh, tangy fruit, star anise. Nicely rounded.
- Colour: deep cherry red.

Chateau de Candale
1 Grandes Plantes – 33330 Saint Laurent Des Combes
Tel +33 (0) 5.57.51.19.91
E-mail: chateaudecandale@orange.fr
Web: www.chateau-de-candale.com
GPS N 44°52.852 ; W 0°07.890

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