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Situated in the north of the small village of Saint-Lambert, the Château Montgrand-Milon vineyard benefits from a prime location among the most reputed estates of the Pauillac appellation. The vines, which are over 50 years old, are planted on the deep knolls of Graves with a north-west facing aspect which gives them good sunlight exposure. Due to the vineyard’s proximity to the river, it also benefits from its own microclimate.
The 2016 vintage in Pauillac saw many climatic incidents that made the start of the season challenging; winter encountered high levels of rainfall, extreme mild temperatures and also frosts, which resulted in risk of fungal diseases until the end of June. Conditions were hot and consistently dry in August and September which enabled the grapes to achieve excellent levels of ripeness. A temperature-drop in mid-September helped to preserve the aromatic quality of the berries and encouraged maturation of the tannins. The wines produced display concentrated flavour profiles coupled with a beautiful elegance.
Once at the winery, fermentation took place in stainless-steel tanks at controlled temperatures. The wine was then aged for 12-15 months in French oak.
Intense purple in colour, this wine displays aromas of fresh blackberries with hints of cinnamon and toast from time in oak. The palate is rich and well balanced, with a concentrated fruit flavour and vivid but integrated tannins. A powerful wine that can be approached now but also has excellent ageing potential.