Château des Laurets
(by Edmond de Rothschild)

Bordeaux, France

Château des Laurets Cuvée Baron – 2006

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  • Introduction

    • 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.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • 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.
  • Vintage Report

    • 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.

  • Vinification

    • 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
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Merlot
    • Alcohol: 14.5 %
    • Optimum Drinking: This powerful wine with refined tannin can age for 15-20 years.