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Couvent des Jacobins 2018

 
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The freshness and balance of a Grand Cru Classe from Saint-Emilion

2018 was a great vintage, which will be remembered at the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe Couvent des Jacobins. The year 2018 was quite interesting, for several reasons.

Due to the strong cryptogamic pressure, the technical teams of the magnificent property, situated on the Left Bank of Bordeaux, had to deal with a significant spread of mildew. The challenge was all the greater, considering that Couvent des Jacobins is currently in the process of conversion to organic farming. The climatic conditions that followed - a beautiful, sunny summer - made it possible for the grapes to reach a perfect stage of ripeness.

The harvest was carried out only when each of the grape varieties had achieved perfect maturity, while still maintaining a freshness and energy. The great effort of the technical teams was rewarded by the quality of the fruit, which was quite exceptional. The grapes already had a nice aromatic complexity, with fruity and spicy notes, along with good density. The 2018 vintage of Couvent des Jacobins shows strong similarities to the great 2015 and 2016 vintages.

The gravity-fed winemaking at Couvent des Jacobins was carried out with the greatest respect paid to the fruit, in an effort to accurately represent the identity of each grape variety through maceration, which was extended over 20 to 29 days. Gentle extractions were favored as a way to preserve the brightness of the fruit.

The Couvent des Jacobins 2018 is made from a blend of 82% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot. The wine is aged for 12 to 15 months in French oak barrels from Allier, Tronçais and Bertranges (45% new oak and 55% barrels of one previous wine). The vinification was carried out without the addition of sulfur. The Couvent des Jacobins 2018 En Primeur shows off beautiful aromas: radiant fruit, balance and tension. 2018 promises to be a great vintage in the making.

Parker : 93-95 / 100
J. Suckling : 93-94 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2018 Couvent des Jacobins is made up of 82% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple in color, it features baked blueberries, stewed plums and redcurrant jelly with hints of cumin seed, cinnamon and crushed rocks. Full-bodied and densely laden with black fruits, it has a velvety texture and plenty of freshness supporting the long, spicy finish.
BordeauxSaint-Emilion
Grape varieties
Merlot/Cabernet Franc

Dessert wine
No

J. Suckling
93-94

Vinous - A. Galloni
90-93

Country
France

Wine certification
AOC

Vineyard
Libournais

Region
Bordeaux

Appellation
Saint-Emilion

Color
Red

Producer
Couvent des Jacobins

Classification
Grand cru classe

Parker
93-95

Allergens
Contains sulfites