Château Damase 2015
Chateau Damase is a completely charming wine, planted primarily to Merlot with some of “Bordeaux’s Lost Grape” – Carmenere. The vibrant Merlot along with the lovely spicy touches make Damase somewhat of the classic fresh, Bordeaux bistro red.
The estate is planted to 85% Merlot and 15% Carmenere. The viticultural techniques employed here are carried out with the same care and attention to detail as those practiced at classified estates in Saint-Emilion.
At harvest, the grapes are sorted again by quality. Following a selection of the best grapes, there is 100% destemming and a gentle crushing before transferring the berries to temperature controlled vats. A traditional Bordeaux fermentation takes place. The objective is to strike a balance between obtaining good extraction and allowing the terroir to express itself. The wine is aged in new and 1 year-old oak casks, and bottled 18 months after the harvest.
The wine has an excellent depth of color and an explosive bouquet of truffles, violets and plums. The full-bodied palate is loaded with a melange of delicious red fruits and structured with soft, supple tannins. There is good balance and a long finish.