AOC Côtes de Bourg
Always in search of the best terroirs, Dominique Raimond, renowned winemaker of Blaye area and Château Montfollet owner, bought this wonderful property in Côtes de Bourg AOC in 2008. Located on the highest point and over-hanging the Gironde Estuary, the Château Merigot’s vineyard is composed of Merlot and Malbec which find there the best soil to grow : the red gravels.
In front of the Medoc peninsula and its Grands Crus, just across the Gironde estuary, welcome to «Bordeaux’s little Switzerland», the Côtes de Bourg AOC, a unique topography. This name reflects the appellation’s hilly topography, since the French word «côtes» means «slopes». It’s a concentration of the greatest terroirs of Bordeaux: a limestone bedrock which can be as much as 20 meters thick, a thick layer of clay cover or red gravel on the heights.
WINEMAKING & VINIFICATION
The natural grass is kept between the rows and the ground under the vine-plants is worked mechanically. Double Guyot pruning, disbudding, thinning out of leaves on the east side (sunrise) to spread out the clusters at best for optimal ripening, here are the different steps in the vineyard.
The harvest is vinified in stainless tanks at low temperatures to preserve all aromas of fruits and aged in barrels for 12 months before the final blend to get the perfect balance between fruit and wood.
A deep black robe, a nose of black fruit, cocoa, vanilla and spices, an ample and powerful mouth with silky tannins, and a very aromatic finish with jammy fruit and toasted bread hints.
Taste Château Mérigot with red meat, game or a cheese platter. Drink at 18°C.