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100% Old Vine Merlot
The Sacré Cœur vineyard covers just 1.5 hectares of vines. But that’s very typical of Pomerol. It is the most exclusive of all Bordeaux appellations, in which even the most famous wineries such as Pétrus, Le Pin or Le Fleur only have small areas. So it says on Jean-Philippe Janoueix’s website about the Sacré Cœur: “Je voudrais integrer la liste d’attende pour de cru” – I would like to be put on the waiting list for this cru.
We are all the happier that we received a small amount of the excellent, but rare 2016 vintage. The Sacré Cœur 2016 is a 100% Merlot from 44-year-old vines with dense planting of around 6,666 vines per hectare. The vineyard, which is characterized by gravel and sand, is cultivated organically and depending on the vintage, between 250 and 400 boxes are produced.
Aged in Darnajou barriques with a new occupancy of about a third, this is an incredibly seductive Pomerol. Dense in the dark fruit, which is reminiscent of plums, wild berries and currants, it is associated with notes of dried flowers and chocolate as well as spicy notes. The 2016 Sacré-Cœur is as intense as it is silky on the palate – what a flatterer! The fruit is fantastically ripe and juicy, the tannin is completely Pomerol-like embedded in velvet and silk.
Jean Philippe Janoueix owns numerous Right Bank estates including; Chateau La Croix St. Georges in Pomerol and La Confession in St. Emilion. The small, 1.5 hectare vineyard of Sacre Coeur is planted to 100% old vine, Merlot. The vineyard is well situated, not far from Chateau Beauregard and Clos du Clocher. The vineyard has a terroir of gravel and sand in the soils. On average the vines are close to 34 years of age. All vineyard management is done using 100%, organic, farming techniques. Truffle, black raspberry, espresso bean and earth are already showing their colors. Round, forward, lush with a juicy, dark cherry, oaky profile, a few years of age will add a lot to this wine.
Serving Chateau Sacre Coeur with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
“Chateau Sacre Coeur is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Chateau Sacre Coeur is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes.
Chateau Sacre Coeur is also good when matched with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.”
When to Drink Chateau Sacre Coeur, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Sacre Coeur can be enjoyed on the young side with 1 hour or so of decanting. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Truffle, black raspberry, espresso bean and earth are already showing their colors. Round, forward, lush with a juicy, dark cherry, oaky profile, a few years of age will add a lot to this wine.
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