Wine Details - Château Malaire

50 % Merlot, 50 % Cabernet-Sauvignon

Location: In the commune of Blaignan, Ordonnac and Prignac in the Medoc region, 5 miles north-west of St-Estephe.
Climate: Oceanic. Mild and humid Winter and Spring, warm and dry in Summer and Autumn.
Soil: Stony gravel and limestone-clay.
Altitude: 30 meters.
Average vine age: 25 years
Density of plantation: 7 500 vines per hectare.
Pruning: Guyot double.
Vineyard practices: elimination of excess buds; leaf stripping as needed
Certification "Agriculture Raisonnée 2006”
Size of vineyard: 23 hectares.
Yield: Average 45 hectoliters per hectare.
Typical harvest starting dates: Early October for the Merlot.
Mid October for the Cabernet Sauvignon.
Hand selection on the vines before picking.
Maceration period: 15-25 days, depending on the year, the variety, and the age of the vines.
Maturation: Aged in state-of-the-art stainless steel vats
Assemblage: February after harvest.
Bottling date: January of the following year.

At Chateau MALAIRE we have long embraced a policy of sustainable agriculture, not only to preserve our natural environment, but more importantly to allow mother nature’s influence to be fully expressed in every vintage we produce.