Domaine Chante Alouette Cormeil, Saint Emilion Grand Cru, 2002
Owned by the Delol family since 1818, the estate takes its name from the two parcels of land that it combines: Cormeil and Chante-Alouette (which translates to "Song of the Skylark"). Since 1995, the wine has been made by Samuelle Delol, who took over f0r her father, Yves. Perhaps it is the 200 years of farming their land or maybe it is the personal philosophy of Samuelle and Yves, but the viticultural and winemaking practices are old enough to be new again, literally: organic farming with non-intervention winemaking. The wine is aged in 2 and 3 year old barrels for 24 months before being bottled unfiltered.
This wine is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, with aromas of red berries, notes of leather, tobacco and mint on the nose. On the palate, there is a wonderful earthiness to the wine that, when paired with the fruit and spice notes, makes for a delightful complex mix of flavours.