Couvent Des Jacobins 2016 St Emilion Grand Cru Classe

£53.60 / bottle
£611.04 / case (12+ bottles, 5% off)

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Couvent des Jacobins 2016 is a St Emilion Grand Cru Classe, awarded by the Institut National des Appellations d’Origine (INAO ) in 1969.

Couvent des Jacobins is located in Rue Guadet in the heart of St Emilion in an old convent, the oldest parts which date back to 1389. The convent was established at one of the highest points of St Emilion by Dominican Friars who were bequested the land. The Friars produced wine at the site for almost four centuries until the brotherhood was dissolved just before the French Revolution. The estate was confiscated during the French Revolution and then sold as a national estate (“bien national”). Since 1790 and the early 20th century there were only been two owners of the the property: the Guadet and Vauthier families. The estate was purchased by Jean Jean in 1902 and remains in the same family. Today the estate is managed by Xavier Jean, the great-great-grand son of Jean Jean, assited by estaet manager Denis Pomarede. Organic certification was obtained from EOCERT in September 2020.

The vineyard covers some 10.7 hectares and is planted with three grape varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Franc and, since 2010, Petit Verdot (first used in the 2014 vintage. There are four different terroirs the limestone plateau (right in front of Couvent des Jacobins); sandy-clay (mostly clay below 45 centimeters) with a fairly high share of limestone nodules (‘molasses du fronsadais’) ; sandy-clay (Southwest hill of Saint-Émilion); and clay and limestone (Northeast plateau, bordering the Asteries Plateau at the entrance of Saint-Émilion).

The grapes are harvested by hand into small containers known as “cagettes” and the grapes are sorted once in the vineyard and again after bunches have been destemmed. The grapes are vatted under gravity to maintain the integrity of the berries. The grapes are vinified in concrete vat apart from the Petit Verdot which is vinified separately in oak. After vinification, the wine is moved, again using gravity, into oak barrels. Around 50 to 55% of the barrels are new and the wine is aged for 12 to 15 months in the cellars prior to blending, resting and bottling. The best barrels are used for Couvent des Jacobins and the rest goes into a second wine called Menut des Jacobins.

The blend for Couvent des Jacobins is normally 75% to 85% Merlot, 15% to 25% Cabernet Franc and, since 2014, 2.5 to 7% Petit Verdot. Annual production is between 2,000 and 3,000 cases per vintage.

Couvent des Jacobins 2016 is a blend of 82% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot. The wine is aged in 55% new oak and 45%  in second fill barrels for 12 months. French oaks from the forests of Allier, Tronçais and Bertranges, with a light fining.

Tasting Notes

Couvent des Jacobins 2016 has a dark crimson, deep and dense colour. Complex nose of black fruits (blackberry, blackcurrant), spicy and floral typical of Petit Verdot. Smooth, silky, ample yet fresh and with energy in the mouth. The oak is already well blended in this 2016 vintage, with a long, silky finale and with a hint of salinity in the finish. Long ageing potential through 2040 at least.

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