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Canon-Fronsac AC 2011, La Truffière
  • 138. Canon-Fronsac AC 2011, La Truffière

    Château Cassagne Haut-Canon

    60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc (13.5% alc.)

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    This vineyard has a superb terroir – a small steep-sided knoll overlooking the Dordogne – with a rich and varied mosaic of all the underlying geology (Oligocene clays and sands with limestone on the hilltop) of the appellation. Aged in 40% new oak (the balance up to two years old), La Truffière is the château’s top cuvée. The 2011 is drinking perfectly now, showing finesse and truffley notes on the nose, balanced by a nice minerality and freshness on the palate. For drinking now to 2020.

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Winemaker
Jean-Jacques Dubois, Château Cassagne Haut-Canon
Location
Saint-Michel-de-Fronsac
Size of domaine
30 hectares
Grape
60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc – 50 yrs average vine age
Terroir
Oligocene clays & sands with shallow, stony limestone on a knoll overlooking the Dordogne
Viticulture
45 hl/ha yield. Hand harvest & sorting using a table de trie
Vinification
Pre-macération à froid. One month’s cuvaison in small cuves – vin de presse kept separate for each cuve and also barrel aged separately then blended as necessary. Malolactic in barrel. Batonnage until malos completed. Fining not systematic but carries out a light filtration. Aged in 40% new oak, 50% 1 year, 10% 2 year. Called ‘la Truffière’ after the truffle beds that surround the plantings of cabernet sauvignon
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