Château K Rouge

 

VARIETAL

85% Merlot  15% Cabernet Sauvignon


PRODUCTION

3,000 bottles


APPELLATION

Saussignac


FARMING PRACTICE

Organic


ORIGINALITY

85% Merlot & 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged for 18 months in barrels and casks.  ECOCERT certified organic agriculture.


PRESS AND AWARDS

91 Points – Wine Enthusiast (Editor’s Choice), 2012

Gold Medal at the Concours International, 2012

Silver Medal at the Concours International MUNDUSvini BioFach 2011


TERROIR/CLIMATE/SOIL

The castle is located at the western end of the Dordogne, Gironde separated by a small stream called the Seignal.

It culminates in one of the highest points of the department, 12 km from Sainte Foy la Grande, 30 km from Saint-Emilion and 15 km from Bergerac.

Exposed east-west on a ridge of clay and limestone, 130 meters above sea level, the vineyard is planted to red 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc and whites of 45% de Semillon, 45% Sauvignon Blanc and Gris and 10% Muscadelle.

Densities range from 3500 feet to 5500 feet per ha. The manual stripping and green harvesting are performed annually. All the little ways is carried on manually without mechanization or addition of any chemicals whatsoever.

Yields are very low to ensure optimal concentration and maturation, and going from 30 to 50 hl / ha and only 10-12 hl / ha for Saussignac sweet.


VINIFICATION/WINEMAKING

Property Specifications of organic farming is respected and commitment to Ecocert was signed in 2004. The 2007 vintage is certified AB.

A restructuring of the vineyard began in 2003, with plantings of high density (5500 feet / ha) and a selection of quality vines, Selected for their adaptation to soil and climate. These plantations were performed taking care to have a maximum leaf area.

The winery was completely restored in early 2002. The building was isolated taking advantage of the redesign of the roof. It features temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks of small capacity, new oak casks of 50 hl oak barrels and French.

Aged in oak barrels for 18 months.


TASTING NOTES

Intense and deep ruby color with purple highlights.  Nose and complex flavors of wood, black fruit and spices. On the palate, the attack is supple, the tannins are melted and velvety, the final thin and crisp with a return on aromatic fruity and woody.


PAIRINGS

Pair with your favorite Grilled Salmon, Cornish Hens, or the classic french favorite of Coq au Vin.