One of Bordeaux’s leading winemakers Pascal Delbeck who, for twenty years, was responsible for the wines produced at Ausone for Ms Chalon-Dubois (co-owner until 1997) and continues to make the wine at neighbouring Ch Bélair, Ier Cru Classé St Emilion.
His new ventures are in Lalande-de-Pomerol and St-Georges St-Emilion, two appellations which offer very high quality wines at a fraction of the price of a Pomerol or St Emilion. They will benefit from further cellaring.
The appellation of Saint Georges Saint-Emilion is recognised for a long time as the most prestigious and the most confidential of the satellites of Saint-Emilion; the site benefits of an exceptional panorama and covers 14 hectares magnificently exposed on south-facing, clay-limestones slopes and sands from Perigord.
60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 25 year old vines hand harvested. Aged in French oak barrels for 15 months (30% in new barrels, 20% in barrels of 3 year white wines and 50% in barrel of 1 year wine).
Very deep garnet red. Nose is exotic, tarry, spicy. Very good attack, silky, ripe black fruit, good body, tannins very finely integrated. Youthful and supple, no awkward edges.
Fab with cassoulet, roasted goose and all the trimmings, aged mimolette cheese, phat veggie burger with lightly spiced yam fries