Merlot/Cabernet Franc Blend * 75cl * 14% ABV * Saint Georges Saint Emilion
Rob Maculloch MW writes: 'A very evocative and distinct pure raspberry aroma, with just a hint of background oak, evolves into similarly dense palate flavours of sweeter raspberry and more savoury black olive tapenade. These flavours simply linger, as well as showing developing, complex mineral elements as the flavours finally fade, all the while being supported by firm, full, finely-textured tannins. As a young Right Bank Bordeaux, this is unmistakably characteristic of the region, whilst at the same time being a highly individual, beautifully crafted wine too.
'There’s a density and weight of flavour within the wine and tannins that points to low yields, care and attention and craftsmanship, all of which suggest this wine will continue to develop seamlessly. Whilst densely-flavoured, neither the grip of tannins, nor the traditional Bordelaise oak component, are overt or unbalanced: they merely exist to complement and support the weight of fruit. For a two years old wine, this holds a rich future.'
We're very excited to have this utterly delicious Saint Emilion on our shelves. When we tasted it, it knocked the socks of rival bottles at the same price - plus it comes in smart wooden cases of six, making it perfect for the connoisseur and collector. Although it's drinking beautifully now it will age well for several years. Note that the 'George' in 'Cap St George' has no 's' - this is in recognition of the English form of the name and the wealthy time when the estate was under the British Crown.... so says the owner!
Notes from the winery: Château Cap Saint George is a 19 hectares winery owned by Jean Philippe Janoueix and divided into two wines: Château Cap Saint George and Château Cap d’Or (second wine). Those two wines belong to Saint-Georges Saint-Emilion, the tiniest AOC in Bordeaux and also the scarcest of the satellites of Saint-Emilion. In total, only 20 owners are lucky enough to cultivate vines on the 190 hectares of this appellation. In 2014, Jean Philippe Janoueix created the Château Cap Saint George on a beautiful terroir made of clay and chalk. Merlot particularly flourishes on clayey soils, responsible for the great structure, the softness and the quality of the wines. On the other side, a great range of aromas and characteristics such as red forest fruit, delicate spices and very fine tannins come from the Cabernet Franc. The underground chalk echoes to those flavors and underline them with a minty freshness, typical from those terroirs. With such a character and such a quality, the two wines from Cap Saint George join the Pomerol and Saint Emilion Grand Cru from Jean Philippe Janoueix without ever seeming out of place.