Winemakers

Diane Flamand

Technical Data

Acidity
3.34 g/L - pH: 3.49

Alcohol
12.5%

Sugar
0.5 g/L

Suggested Retail Price

$44.99

DOMAINES BARONS DE ROTHSCHILD (LAFITE)

Légende

SAINT-EMILION 2013

Background

The prestigious Barons de Rothschild family has owned vineyards in Bordeaux for generations. In addition to the wines issued from their world-renowned vineyards, Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) has been elaborating a range of wines which are easy and pleasant to drink called “Légende”. Inspired by a grand tradition of quality, the Domaines teams have one priority: selection. Their mastery and perfect knowledge of Bordelais cépages are responsible for the unparalleled quality of their wines.

Appellation

Saint-Emilion (Bordeaux), France

Varietal Composition

95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc

Vintage Notes

2013 in Saint-Emilion was characterized by difficult weather conditions. A wet spring resulted in decreased flowering and uneven grape size. Two hailstorms on July 26th and August 2nd caused varying amounts of damage in the vineyard. 2013 was one of the most difficult vintages in the last 30 years, with an average decrease in yields of 30%, making them the worst since the frost of 1991! The grapes began to ripen relatively late, not starting August until 10th. Meticulous work in the vineyard and very strict selections in the winery enabled some pleasant surprises and successes.

Winemaking

The harvest took place from September 30th to October 10th. Vinification took place in stainless steel vats and alcohol fermentation took place at 86°F, maceration took approximately 3 weeks.

40% of the final blend is aged in barrels.

Tasting Notes

Medium intensity with ruby color. Lovely, expressive and seductive on the nose, dominated by red fruits (blackcurrants, raspberries) and subtle toasted notes. Direct and fruity on the palate with supple tannins. The finish is fresh and aromatic. A soft, accessible wine for easy-drinking.