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 Château Saint-Saturnin

Adrien Tramier seems determined to question the status quo and is one of those rare wine producers who really does seem to be making wine for himself rather than for the market or the wine critics. Although he is constantly fiddling with it, his basic recipe is to grow the grapes - mainly old, small-berried Merlot with about 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, predictably the reverse of the usual proportions in the Médoc. For the last 15 years he has averaged only three sprayings a year in the vineyard, a record low for the damp climate of Bordeaux. And, while for most of his neighbors the harvest is usually over by the end of September, he rarely picks before the end of October. He somehow manages, however, to keep these extremely ripe grapes completely healthy. He then keeps the fermenting juice on the skins for months rather than days or weeks, exposing the young wine outside to the cold 

of winter and the warmth of summer.

Saint- Saturnin 1986 (#51-2)
$85.00

Dark and bright with a vibrant yellowing rusty rim. This has been kept, with minimal sulphur, exposed to cold and heat over the years, in a 2,000-litre tank under a roof outside. ‘As long as the tank is full,’ says Tramier, ‘it’s just like a big bottle.’ Lovely stuff, much livelier than most bottled 1986's! Only very slightly aged, just drying a little bit on the end but with great intensity on the mid palate.

Grapes: Merlot 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 35%, Cabernet Franc 5%

Region: Bordeaux Vineyard:  Château Saint-Saturnin
Saint-Saturnin 1996 #(51-7)
$0.00

A mature wine with a vibrant rusty rim. This has been kept, with minimal sulphur, exposed to cold and heat over the years, in a 2,000-litre tank.  Mouth-filling with a dry finish but with great intensity on the mid palate.

Grapes: Merlot 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 35%, Cabernet Franc 5%

Region: Bordeaux Vineyard:  Château Saint-Saturnin
Saint-Saturnin 2009 #(51-6)
$0.00

A mature wine with a vibrant rusty rim. This has been kept, with minimal sulphur, exposed to cold and heat over the years, in a 2,000-litre tank.  Mouth-filling with a dry finish but with great intensity on the mid palate.

Grapes: Merlot 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 35%, Cabernet Franc 5%

Region: Bordeaux Vineyard:  Château Saint-Saturnin
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