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«1868» Vintage 2012

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 Château Méric 2012


2012 a vintage of concentration and relief

Rewards for the 2012 vintage

medailles 2012

The Chateau Méric « 1868 » is a selection from the best of the Chateau Méric 2012 vintage.

The selection (Prise bois) is made in the vast (during the fermentation and vatting) then it's brought on for 24 months in 400 litre barrels (demi-muid). The team at Chateau Méric have been able to develop this splendid vintage, which mixes the red fruit flavour of the black Merlots and the beautiful structure and freshness of the Petit Verdot, thanks to work based on the theories of reasoned farming, the soils Garonne gravels, a privileged exposition and the aging in French oak.

Despite a difficult spring, the wonderful late summer of the 2012 vintage enabled the grapes to ripen well, with beautiful colours. The yield was fairly low in this year. The result was a superb concentration and an excellent conservation together with a very expressive taste in this 2012 vintage of the Chateau Méric « 1868 ».

  • Colour: The colour is a beautifully bright, deep red with crushed cherry hues.
  • Nose: The nose is very aromatic, opening with notes of small red fruits, soft spices and a woody aroma.
  • Attack: Right from the start this vintage has a smooth texture.
  • Palate: Rich and suave on the palate with smooth and highly concentrated tannins. Its elegance also unveils a lovely freshness.
  • Finale: The finale is sophisticated, with excellent, refined length which promises good longevity.

The north Medoc climate that year

The buds came as usual at the beginning of April, but the particularly cool and damp weather meant that the vine didn’t progress at this stage, initiating a very wide range of development. The warmth of May improved the vines’ growth, but the flowering went on until June.

Right up to July the weather stayed cool, leading to a particularly late development. This trend was reversed at last with the hottest August since 2003! The ripening spread over the whole month. The hydrological situation quickly worsened and the ripening conditions were perfect. The berries are very concentrated, rich with colour and tannins, especially as the yield was low that year.

The grape harvest at Château Meric

The 2012 vintage was a late one. The harvest and the ripening were concentrated in the same week between the 7th and 14th October. The grapes were harvested mechanically, as each plot reached optimum ripeness, but sorted manually.

Vinification at Château Méric

This traditional work is now done with modern oenological and technological material. The fermentations take place in thermo regulated stainless steel tanks, at quite high temperatures between 28/30°C to extract all the colour and flesh from the fruit. The marc needed working on, the extraction was intensive as the fruit was of high quality and ripe. Maceration after the alcoholic fermentation, vatting for between 3 and 4 weeks. Malolactic fermentation in wooden casks.

  • Matured on wood: Matured for 24 months in French oak barrels (demi-muid).
  • Grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon (52 %) | Merlot (34 %) | Petit Verdot (14 %)
  • Soil: Top coat : Sandy gravelly for 15-30 cm / Subsoil: Garonne gravels
  • Growing method: Sustainable cultivation
  • Pruning : Guyot double
  • Degree : 12,5 % / vol
  • Yield: 35 hl per hectare for 6600 plants per hectare
  • Aging potential: This wine can be savoured from today and should age well over the next 12 years
  • Choice of food: Fine red meats, duck confit, strong flavoured cheeses

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Château Méric
19, Route de Vensac - 33590 Jau-Dignac-et-Loirac
Tél. : + 33 (0)5 57 75 01 55

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