Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
92% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc. The grapes come from a 4ha vineyard planted with 40 year old vines at a density of 6,000 vines/ha. They enjoy a southern exposure. The soil is clay-limestone with a siliceous and clayey subsoil. The manual harvest is conducted according to each plot, grape variety, soil and exposure, and performed as late as possible to ensure optimum ripeness.
In the cellar, the grapes are handled with meticulous care with two sorting tables. Carefully managed for each plot, a slow fermentation takes place with indigenous yeast, and without excessive temperature, to make sure that extraction proceeds gently. The château is using state of the art wooden upright tanks. The wine is aged around 12 months in new French oak barrels. 1933 cases produced. 14.5 % Alcohol. Deep purple color, lush aromas of cherry and vanillin oak. Good tannic structure and a long, well-balanced finish.
About the Producer
A classic château property, the charming Château Roc de Candale is located east of Saint-Emilion’s celebrated limestone plateau in one of the region’s most desirable districts. The recently modernized estate shares its premium terroir with nearby Château Tertre Roteboeuf and La Mondotte.
Château Roc de Candale probably owes its origins to Marguerite de Suffolk Kendall, a descendent of Edward III, King of England and Duke of Aquitaine. When she married Count Jean of Foix, he added the Count of Candale name to his other titles. At their table, the Count and Countess of Foix-Candale would serve wines from their lands in Saint-Emilion, already widely renowned at the time thanks to the strict quality rules set down by the Jurade of Saint-Emilion.
Magali and Thibaut Decoster, owners of Clos des Jacobins and Château La Commanderie, purchased Château de Candale in 2017. Stéphane Derenoncourt is the winemaker.
Farming practices: sustainable. No herbicide or pesticide are used. Only contact treatments are applied with copper and sulfur.
Château Roc de Candale