Château des Laurets Cuvée Baron – 2006
Since his purchase of Château des Laurets in 2003, Baron Benjamin de Rothschild wanted to reveal the quintessence of this estate by making a special cuvée from the best plots of Merlot. The grapes are picked and sorted by hand, then fermented with all the care and attention worthy of a great-growth. This rare wine, only produced in the best vintages, reflects all the quality of a great Saint-Émilion made primarily from Merlot— a subtle combination of elegance and character.
- Appellation: Puisseguin Saint-Émilion
- Size: 4 hectares
- Vine Age: 70+ years
- Soil: Limestone and clay
- Density: 5,500 vines/ha
- Training: Natural grass cover, this cuvée is made from several plots located in the highest part of the vineyard that receive special attention during pruning, suckering, bud thinning, green harvesting, etc.
Generally speaking, 2006 was considered to be fairly mild. A chilly winter saw plenty of rain, however, spring brought cheerier conditions and a hot, dry summer ensued until August delivered a downer as temperatures cooled and rains returned. September, however, saw the beginnings of an Indian summer and warm sunny days readied the grapes for harvest but then the weather delivered a significant blow as downpour after downpour fell throughout Bordeaux. As always, it was our drastic selection that brought out the true spirit of the 2006 vintage.
- Fermentation: Cold soaking and ageing in oak vats. Pumping over and pigeage (punching down the cap). Automatic temperature control and post-fermentation micro-oxygenation during maceration. Malolactic fermentation and ageing in new barrels.
- Aging: 16 months, 100% in new barrels
- Varietal Composition: 100% Merlot
- Alcohol: 14.5 %
- Optimum Drinking: This powerful wine with refined tannin can age for 15-20 years.