A red wine produced in the Pomerol appellation, Clos du Clocher benefits from a vineyard aged 33 years on average, spread over a total area of 5.90 hectares, planted on clayey-silty soil upon subsoils of blue clays and deep gravel. The wine is aged in oak barrels, of which 65% are new barrels, for 18 months. The Clos du Clocher 2016 blends 79% Merlot and 21% Cabernet Franc.
The summer of 2016 was extremely hot, dry and sunny, with only 17mm of rain throughout all of July and August. Finally, the Indian summer, with significant thermal amplitudes in September, made possible ideal grape ripening before the harvest, which took place between the 10th and 17th of October.
The Clos du Clocher 2016 is robust and rather subtle in aromas in its youth, before becoming more original and stronger in character as it matures. The nose first reveals aromas of black fruits (blackberries), flowers (violets) and truffles - in the purest expression of Pomerol Merlot - before offering subtle spicy, menthol and toasted notes (tobacco). The Cabernet Franc allows the Clos du Clocher 2016 to be fresh and subtle. This wine should be aged to allow it to reach its magnificent potential.
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