Marks and reviews
Château d'Arsac, classified as an Exceptional Cru Bourgeois, is one of the oldest crus of the Médoc, on Bordeaux’s Left Bank. Owned by Philippe Raoux since 1986, the estate has undergone a bold and original renovation. In a resolutely contemporary spirit, Château d'Arsac is distinguished by its stainless steel cellar, its glass roof with raw materials and its Klein blue colour. The estate also hosts numerous art exhibitions in its contemporary art sculpture garden.
With a surface area of 53.043 hectares, the Château d'Arsac vineyard produces great Margaux wines. The vines are 30 years old on average and are planted on deep gravel soils resting on brown soils and marl-limestone outcrops. The vineyard is cultivated in a sustainable manner with the implementation of a zero residue policy in the wines since 2016. The rows of vines are grassed and each vine is monitored at all times.
The first Merlot vines budded on 21 March and the Cabernets on 30 March, before several episodes of spring frosts between 1 and 5 April. Late pruning and the installation of anti-freeze towers limited the impact on the vineyard. The development of the vines was regular and even, accelerated by the warm and sunny conditions of May. Flowering was early. The vineyard management was adapted to cope with the summer heat waves. The rains at the end of June and mid-August were ideal for ensuring good ripeness. The grapes were healthy and of good concentration.
Winemaking and ageing
Vinification in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats, with gentle extraction. Separation of the presses at pressing. Vatting period of 3 to 4 weeks. The wine was aged exclusively in barrels (55% new barrels, 45% one-wine barrels).
Cabernet Sauvignon (72%)
wine has an intense, beautifully dark garnet colour.
The nose gives off the characteristic fragrances of Cabernet Sauvignon, with notes of black fruits evolving, with aeration, towards more organic aromas.
A dense and solid attack gives way to a palate which has a delicate taste, drawing out to a finish with smooth tannins and a silky feel.