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Emilie Vallier

Château Haut-Lavignere

Appellation: Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Vintage : 2016

In 2015, Emilie Vallier took over the reins of the estate that her great-grandfather had bought in 1930. Today it represents more than 12 hectares on the sandy-silt soils of the Saint-Pey-d’Armens plain, in the southeast of the appellation.

This quite large estate has released an excellent cuvée made almost exclusively from Merlot (95%), which also has the merit of representing the entire vineyard.

Score obtained by

2016 Vintage : 86 points out of 100

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The opinion of our oenologists

As intense to the eye as to the nose, this wine turns out to be charming when aired, with very ripe fruit coupled with a toasty and liquorice woodiness. The taste takes over well, with nice roundness sustained by a pleasant freshness. The tannins are strong but well integrated, and the finish seduces with its fruity return. A real harmony.

The Saint-émilion grand cru appellation

The Saint-Emilion grand cru appellation is distinguished from its neighbor by stricter production conditions, lower yields and a longer aging period. It has the particularity of having its own classification, renewed every 10 years, with two levels of excellence : the Grand Cru Classé and the Premier Grand Cru Classé. The limestone soils of the plateau and gravel on the gentle slopes are the preferred terroirs of the appellation. Planted on 5500 hectares, the vines are mainly composed of Merlot and Cabernet Franc with a complement of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Carmenère. The annual production is 150,000 hectolitres and the wines can be kept from 6 to 20 years.

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