Proprietaire

Château de Candale


Saint-Emilion Grand Cru


Jean-Louis Vicard
owner
(photo)

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The estate

Château de Candale appears to have got its name from Lady Marguerite of Suffolk Kandall, a descendant of Edward II, King of England and Duke of Aquitaine. Her marriage to Count Jean of Foix in the 15th century allowed her new husband to take on the title of Count of Candale. The Count and Countess of Foix-Candale liked to have wines from their Saint Emilion stronghold on their table; these wines were already renowned thanks to the strict requirements laid down by the “Jurade” of Saint Émilion.

The owner

Six centuries later, Château de Candale is once again the talk of the town, thanks to the passion of cooper and winegrower Jean-Louis Vicard. “When I first visited the estate I fell under the charm of the historic place with its wooden vats, but mainly the potential of its vineyard.” In partnership with Stéphane Derenoncourt’s team, Jean-louis Vicard has the ambition of writing a new page in the history of this château.

The wine

Vintage 2009 : This Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2009 boasts a lovely deep colour. The intense bouquet reveals aromas of nicely ripe red berries and a delicate hint of vanilla combined with subtle cinnamon notes. A great success in a great year: a delicate, promising wine.

Vintage 2010 : Château de Candale 2010 boasts a deep, crimson colour.The bouquet is very intense, with roasted notes and the aroma of well-matured red berries: black cherry, blueberry. These aromas come from grapes harvested at perfect ripeness, revealing liquorice and a delicate hint of vanilla which is associated with the subtlety of the cinnamon.A great success in a great vintage.

Vintage 2011 : Château de Candale 2011 has a very deep ruby-red colour. The bouquet releases plenty of aromas of ripe summer fruits such as redcurrant and wild strawberries. On the palate it is perfectly structured with ample, harmonious tannins along with spicy cinnamon notes. The finish is elegant, gourmet and long-lasting, with hints of vanilla. A success in this new vintage, thanks to the careful selection during the harvests and permanent efforts in the vines.


Composition

Grape varieties

84% Merlot
14% Cabernet Franc
2% Cabernet Sauvignon

Soil

Clay-limestone

Area

11.5 hectares

Average age of vines

30 years

Density

6,000 vines per hectare

Harvesting

Intensive plot selection. Double manual sorting before vatting

Vinification

In oak vats

Ageing

12 months in barrels (50% new oak - 50% 1 year age)

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Ratings - harvest 2009


Robert Parker...........................................89-91/100

Wine Spectator.........................................89-92/100

Jancis Robinson ..............................................16/20

Guide Hubert 2012................................4,5/5 verres

Gault&Millau..................................................15,5/20

Decanter 2012.......................................Silver Medal

Ratings - harvest 2010


Bettane et Desseauve......................................16/20

James Suckling.........................................92-93/100

Jancis Robinson ..............................................15/20

Bernard Burtschy............................................88/100

The Wine Patriot ......................................93-95/100

Jacques Perrin .........................................90-92/100

Blog petit Ballon ..............................................18/20

Rive droite Canalblog................................92-93/100

Wine Spectator...............................................90/100

Ratings - harvest 2011


Bettane et Desseauve....................................15,5/20

James Suckling..........................................89-90/100

Jean-Marc Quarin .........................................14,5/20

RVF..............................................................Réussite

IWC 2014................................................Silver Medal