Château La Croix Bonneau

Bordeaux, bordeaux France

Château La Croix Bonneau is a modest property of four hectares in the village of Montagne, which lies just to the north of Saint-Émilion. The clay soil of the Montagne-Saint-Émilion appellation gives wines with generous fruit which tend to be more forward in their youth than those from Saint-Émilion.

The estate was bought in 2005 by Eric Salmon and his family. From the outset, their aim was to improve quality in the small vineyard and cellar. Eric lowered yields by reducing the number of buds on the vine and by green harvesting in the summer, both of which improved the ripeness of the grapes. The 35-year-old vines are hand harvested and several sortings take place prior to fermentation in small stainless-steel tanks.

The blend is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Merlot is fermented in stainless-steel vats and the Cabernet Sauvignon is vinified in 600 and 400 litre oak barrels. The blend is then aged in oak, of which 33% is new, for 14 months.


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