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The 2014 Le Carre has developed throughout its barrel maturation and now in bottle. It has a generous and perfumed bouquet with incense and iris scents permeating the black cherry and blueberry fruit. There is opulence here, for sure, but it is nicely controlled. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, lithe red cherry and raspberry fruit on the entry. This Le Carré has an über-smooth texture, not a hair out of place, becoming ever spicier as it swaggers towards its finish. There is a luscious quality to this Saint Emilion—a discrete wine within Jonathan Maltus' stable, but certainly one worth investigating.
"Le Carre meaning the square became the newest of our ‘single vineyard series’ wines in 2005. These wines are made in small quantities and are based on the Cotes Cru Classe land that surrounds the town of Saint Emilion. We were lucky enough to purchase this vineyard from Chateau Canon Premier Grand Cru Classe vineyard.
Le Carre is a generous wine as Robert Parker said – “packed and stacked”! The soil/terroir is a thicker layer of clay than Les Asteries with limestone that errs on the side of almost being town building stone. Two runs of green harvesting ensure that the cropping level stays down at below 30 hl/ha – four bunches to the vine. 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc is the make up of the vineyard".