Silver Medal, 2018 Concours de Bordeaux
90% merlot and 10% cabernet sauvignon. After destemming and crushing, the wine was fermented with selected yeasts in temperature-controlled tanks for around three weeks. A portion of the blend is aged in oak, mostly for the purpose of rounding out the aromatics.
The aromas of the 2016 Tour Caillet are an intoxicating perfume of earthy eucalyptus, cherry, and cassis. On the palate it's fine up front, with a zing of fresh fruit acidity racing through as it expands mid-palate and through the finish. As it opens, creamy red/black fruits show themselves; green tannins and slight heat present as a feature, not a bug, counter to them. The finish is peppery and inviting.