With archives testifying to its existence as early as 1585, Château Larmande is one of the oldest properties in Saint-Émilion, on the right bank of Bordeaux. This Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé is owned by the AG2R LA MONDIALE Group.
Château Larmande 2016 stems from a 20-hectare single vineyard. The vines are 20 years old on average and are planted on clay-limestone soil made up of ancient sands, clay and silica.
2016 was marked by a very wet winter and spring. On the contrary, the summer was the hottest and driest since 1990. Lastly, the rainfall in September, as well as the Indian summer with its wide temperature variations led to a perfect ripening of the grapes and an excellent yield. The harvest took place under perfect conditions from 22 September to 18 October.
Vinification and ageing
The wine is aged in oak barrels, with a proportion of 60% new barrels and 40% second-fill barrels.
Merlot (77%), Cabernet Franc (19%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (4%).
The intense and brilliant colour is a beautiful purple-red.
The fresh nose blends spicy fragrances with delicious pastry notes.
The palate is marked by a formidable balance, the wine is round, with melted tannins, creamy and extremely elegant. The finish is spicy at first, with delicious hints of red fruit and cocoa.
The 2016 Larmande has a clean and pure bouquet, a mixture of red and black fruit, more detailed and focused than some of its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, well judged acidity, harmonious and focused with a long, persistent and very pure finish. This is a lovely Larmande that is going to give a lot of pleasure.