Appellation: AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru (Bordeaux region)


Grapes: Cabernet Franc (80%) Merlot (20%)


Farming: Organic (certified)


About the wine: A concentrated and complex Cabernet blend, from one of the very rare organic certified 2.3 hectares Saint Emilion Grand Cru vineyard. Vines are on average 70 years old, giving low yields. The humble Catherine Papon-Nouvel is not making lots of noise, but she is crafting one of the best Bordeaux wines out there. A bucket list wine that could remind you the taste of neighbouring Chateau Ausone.


Aromatics: Crushed violets, dried herbs, plum, cherry, forest scents and rich oak character. Notes of mulberries and whispers of graphite.


Palate: Quite a complex and powerful wine, with notes of plum and cherries, with a good tannin structure. Plenty of fruit and volume, savoury dry finish.


When to drink: Drink now in the next 10 to 15 years after vintage.


Service: 15-16 degrees C. Decant for 30 min to 1 hour.


Food match: Matched with a braised steak, a stew or hard cheese.


Antonio Galloni: 94/100

The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker: 90/100

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