SAINT ÉMILION GRAND CRU
Amelie Aubert, winemaker for several chateaux under the Aubert banner, has a special attachment to Chateau Abelyce. Bought by the family in 2004, it is her own personal project, named after her two children, Abel and Alice—“mon bébé”, as she says... Located in the Vignonet commune of the southern part of the Saint-Émilion appellation (right by Chateau Monbousquet, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé).
The 6.2 acre vineyard consists of gravel and sandy clay soils, with the gravel (known as graves in the region) really making the wine unique. Merlot thrives here, blackberry to cherry, along with cocoa hints and a wonderfully smooth mouthfeel. The tannins melt in, the structure is impeccable, and the balance is complete: you can tell this wine was crafted with great attention to detail. The graves terroir is to thank for this refined wine, a lovely balance between elegance and power, with an accent on the fruit.
|Terroir||2.5 hectares of sandy gravelly clay soils in Saint Sulpice de Faleyrens|
|Farming||5000 vines/hectare density. Culture raisonnée agriculture. Green harvest. Hand-harvested, parcel by parcel, with sorting both on the vine and in the cellar.|
|Winemaking||Vinified in temperature-controlled steel tanks|
|Aging||Aged in French oak barrels for 20 months..|