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Château Le Souley-Sainte Croix, Haut-Médoc, Red, 2018

Château Le Souley-Sainte Croix, Haut-Médoc, Red, 2018

«Life is too short to drink a bad wine» Paul Riffaud

The wine

The eponymous cuvée of Château Souley-Sainte Croix is a very pleasant and elegant Haut-Médoc with a classic structure and soft tannins, it will delight wine lovers of the Médoc.

The vintage

This year was marked by a warm and rainy winter that ended in a beautiful summer and a dry and sunny early autumn allowing the grapes to reach maturity. Fears due to hail episodes during the month of May which fortunately remained inconsequential. 2018 is a great vintage for the red Haut-Médoc.

Terroir

Planted on clay-limestone soils with Garonne gravel, the vines extend on a beautiful plateau of 20 hectares with a gravelly cut and well oriented in one piece. The other 5 hectares are spread over 3 plots. The wine is produced in the Haut-Médoc appellation, surrounded by famous neighbours such as Cos d'Estournel and Rothschild. Each plot has been planted separately according to the grape varieties so they can be harvested when each reaches maximum point of maturity care.

In the vineyard

The vines, according to tradition, are low (heat of the sun and heat of the graves) with high density of plants at 8,333 feet/ha with the typical varieties of the médoc: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. The average age of the vines and about 26 years.

Vinification

A traditional winemaking with long vatting.

Ageing

Aged for 12 months in barrels of which 1/3 are new barrels.

Serving

Serve between 16 and 18° after decanting in carafe.

Ageing potential

5 to 10 years

Visual appearance

Particularly charming, this 2018 is colorful and powerful with a dark ruby trend with fuchsia reflections.

At the nose

Fruity flavors with this characteristic nose of spices and undergrowth.

On the palate

A powerful wine with tannins present but charming.

Food and wine pairings

A glass of Souley-Sainte Croix will go perfectly with a rib of beef, grilled veal, lamb skewers, duck breast or even terrine of poultry.

Alcohol content

14,5

Grapes

Cabernet franc
Cabernet sauvignon
Merlot
Petit verdot