BLEND: Merlot: 80%, Cabernet Franc: 18%, Cabernet Sauvignon: 2%
HARVEST PERIOD: From October 3rd to 13th, 2014. HARVEST By hand, in small crates, optical sorting system.
AVERAGE YIELD: 35 hl/ha
VINIFICATION: Soaking 12 to 32°C. Pigeages (punching down the cap). Malolactic fermentation in new wood barrels.
FERMENTATION: 31 days
VATS: Wooden (60hl)
AGEING: 18 months - 75% new oak
Deep, dark colour and a powerful black fruit bouquet. Full-bodies and generous on the palate with a beautiful structure highlighting spicy flavours. An exemplary wine concerning complexity and balance. Can age for up to 15 years.
Clos des Jacobins dates back to the 1700’s. But the modern era begins when it was purchased in 1964 by Jean Georges Cordier. Cordier is a member of the well-known negociant family that is best associated for owning Chateau Gruaud Larose and Chateau Talbot in St. Julien. The Decoster family then purchased the St. Emilion vineyards of Clos des Jacobins in 2004. The 8.5 hectares of Clos des Jacobins is planted to 80% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. The St. Emilion vineyard of Clos des Jacobins consists of 2 parcels of vines. The chateau and main section of the vineyard is located not far from the village of St. Emilion. The vineyards of Clos des Jacobins have a terroir of clay, sand and limestone soil. On average, the vines are 30 years of age. But Clos des Jacobins has old vines that are close to 85 years of age located close to Chateau Grand Mayne. To produce the wine of Clos des Jacobins, vinification takes place in truncated French oak tanks. Malolactic fermentation occurs in barrel. The wine is aged in 80% new, French oak barrels for an average of 18 months. Clos des Jacobins is managed by Thibaut Decoster and Magali Decoster who also own and manage other Bordeaux vineyards in Saint Emilion, La Commanderie and Chateau de Candale.
ANTONIO GALLONI MW - VINOUS
The 2014 Clos des Jacobins opens with striking, Cabernet-inflected aromatics. Beautifully delineated and nuanced, the 2014 is all about precision. Sweet floral overtones meld into new leather, spices and blue/purplish hued fruits in a sexy St.-Emilion with plenty to recommend it. The blend is 80% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. Hubert de Boüard is the consulting winemaker.
A firm and refined red with plum and dried fruit character. Medium body, fine tannins and a clean finish. Tight and attractive as usual.
JANCIS ROBINSON MW
Lively crimson. Fresh sandpaper aromas with nice fresh fruit. Red currants and flowers. Open and relatively easy and not overworked.