" Chaleureux et gastronomique, ce vin à la bouche ronde et charnue s'égaie avec quelques notes d'épices douces et d'orange sanguine, finale de menthe douce "
Cuisine A&D, 1er février 2016
Aurelius 2014 – Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
The great Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius Probus, was at once a fan of wine culture, a warrior and a philosopher. Aurélius is the archetype of what a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru should be like. That is to say, a perfect combination of well-balanced strength and elegance.
Aurélius is elaborated from all of the terroirs within the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru growing areas, according to specific production requirements in line with its status. As a result, the parcels used in this wine have been carefully selected, monitored and controlled by our technical teams. This quest for excellence combines traditional winegrowing procedures with the latest technology. In view of preserving the fruit’s standard of quality, the harvest is carefully handpicked and then optically sorted, before being gravity transferred to the cellar’s vats. Under the watchful eye of our enologists, the wine is made in small stainless steel tanks, that are well-suited to the selection of different parcels. Cold pre-fermentation maceration is followed by a long 3 to 4-week fermentation period.
Last but not least, Aurélius is matured in our cellars for many months in barrels made from the best French oak and far from the maddening crowd.
TERROIR : Clay and limestone soils.
GRAPE VARIETY : Merlot 85 %, Cabernets 15 %
VITICULTURE : average age of vines 45-50 years.
VINIFICATION : The harvest is sorted optically, placed into thermo-regulated stainless steel vats, using gravity, and then fermented at cool temperatures, before being macerated. Limited quantities of juice are obtained from a small vertical press. The wine is matured for a period of 16 months in French oak barrels.
PRICE TTC FROM FRANCE : 22,50 € (DISTRIBUTION IN THE UK : in Ireland by DIRECT WINE SHIPMENTS (Belfast) : consumer price 35 £ per bottle )
TASTING NOTES : Bright garnet color.
Complex and intense roasted and vanilla aromas, with a hint of eucalyptus, mild spices (cardamom and saffron), fruity black cherry and blue berry, followed by notes of black tobacco and pepper. Harmonious and round palate with spicy and smooth tannins, and plenty of persistence – at once suave and fresh.
Melted and ample on the palate, marked by bitter chocolate, and caramel, toasted notes and black pepper.
FOOD PAIRING : grilled duck breast, beef, pork with prunes.
Union de Producteurs Saint-Emilion
The UDP de Saint-Emilion was established in 1931 by Robert Villepigue, the agricultural engineer, who managed Chateau Figeac for over 20 years before acquiring Chateau Cadet-Piola. It is the first cooperative winery to be set up in Gironde. Its cellar’s portfolio includes 50 estate brands and 10 own brands. Original, modern and extremely respectful of quality and tradition, this set-up is one of a kind in France. Small vats make it possible to separately ferment grapes from different plots in order to highlight their individual qualities and fine tune blending.