Château Vieux Lartigue, a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, is ranked as a Grand Cru, or “great growth”, from Saint-Émilion. Fruit here comes from 35-year-old vines grown in sandy limestone-clay soils on Bordeaux’s right bank. Following cool maceration and fermentation in cement and stainless steel, the wine was pressed evenly between large vats and new oak barrels to mature for 15 months.
The synergy of the two varietals yields a velvety, rich wine with floral nuance and earthy, red-fruit flavours. Mid-palate weight comes from the juicy Merlot; aromatics and tannins come from the Cabernet Franc, the lighter-bodied varietal. This is a thoroughly charming wine from an excellent vintage.