2018 Domaine de Valmengaux, En Jarre, Bordeaux

2018 Domaine de Valmengaux, En Jarre, Bordeaux

Product: 20188139315
Prices start from £24.95 per bottle (75cl). Buying options
2018 Domaine de Valmengaux, En Jarre, Bordeaux

Description

The little-known Domaine de Valmengaux is a certified-organic estate on Bordeaux’s Right Bank. The 2018 En Jarre cuvée is partially aged in 500-litre earthenware jars. Deep purple in hue and with a pure, juicy nose of blackcurrant and ripe strawberry, this is at once fresh and intense. The palate has a vivid energy: damson and black-cherry fruit dominate, lifted by a floral acidity and supple, well-integrated tannins. There is a laser-sharp focus here that crystalises these elements into a sophisticated and altogether approachable wine. Drink 2021-2028.

Larissa Buckley, Wine & Spirits Advisor, Berry Bros. & Rudd (Aug 2021)

Read more

wine at a glance

Delivery and quality guarantee

Buying options

Available for delivery or collection. Pricing includes duty and VAT.

About this WINE

Domaine de Valmengaux

Domaine de Valmengaux

Domaine de Valmengaux is the brainchild of musician-cum-winemaker Vincent Rapin. Based in the town of Vérac – between Pomerol and St Emilion, the domaine is certified organic and uses biodynamic techniques. The vineyard is run, as Vincent puts it, on “common sense and pre-pesticide practices”, with only natural treatments being used and complex co-planting of other species in between the vines to promote their health.

In his custom-made winery, Vincent is moving toward the use of less oak and has been investing instead in 12-hectolitre Stockinger barrels and amphorae, vessels which he feels allow the wine to express its true character. The grapes are hand-harvested, only natural yeasts are used and Vincent does not use SO2, but instead favours a polyphenol liquid which is also organic.

The wines show a lightness of touch, elegance and – in our view – a touch of mystery. This exciting new producer is challenging the traditional methods and wine styles associated with Bordeaux and is most certainly on the up.

Find out more
Merlot

Merlot

The most widely planted grape in Bordeaux and a grape that has been on a relentless expansion drive throughout the world in the last decade. Merlot is adaptable to most soils and is relatively simple to cultivate. It is a vigorous naturally high yielding grape that requires savage pruning - over-cropped Merlot-based wines are dilute and bland. It is also vital to pick at optimum ripeness as Merlot can quickly lose its varietal characteristics if harvested overripe.

In St.Emilion and Pomerol it withstands the moist clay rich soils far better than Cabernet grapes, and at it best produces opulently rich, plummy clarets with succulent fruitcake-like nuances. Le Pin, Pétrus and Clinet are examples of hedonistically rich Merlot wines at their very best. It also plays a key supporting role in filling out the middle palate of the Cabernet-dominated wines of the Médoc and Graves.

Merlot is now grown in virtually all wine growing countries and is particularly successful in California, Chile and Northern Italy.

Find out more