Chateau Clos des Menuts St Emillion Grand Cru Kosher 2002
LOCATION OF THE VINEYARD Clos des Menuts is part of one of Saint-Emilion oldest estates. It is situated on one of the highest points at 90 m. STOCK OF VINES: A harmonious mix of Merlot 70% and Cabernet Sauvignon 30%. Average age of the vineyard : 30 years VINIFICATION: Traditional methods are used for the vinification. There is a new cellar built in 1980. The vineyard ultramodern equipment allows the fermentation process to be controlled at the desired temperature ( 82 to 86 Degree F) depending on the year. AGEING : Conserved in oak barrels in the large medieval cellars dug into the rock. This Wine also enjoy a long ageing process at an ideal and constant temperature of 53 degree F.
Although 2002 is a "lesser" year in Bordeaux, there was a lot of sun, and made for a great fruit and earth based wine here. The color is a rich Bengal-ruby red. The nose immediately expresses chocolate, pipe tobacco, and a subtle good quality cinnamon (maybe mexican?). The mouth is smooth and rich, with smooth tobacco and earthy notes - a virtual walk through the cellars of an ancient wine cellar in Bordeaux. I was a bit congested when tasting this, so I couldn't pick up everything, but this is a wine to try if you can.