72% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon from Entre-Deux-Mers, Bordeaux AOC, France. Certified Organic, fermented with Native Yeast.
Set right in the heart of the Entre-Deux-Mers region, the magnificent estate of Château Sainte Marie enjoys an excellent geographic position. The south-facing vineyards stretch over two very sunny hilltops which are among the highest points in the Gironde region. Fifth generation Stéphane Dupuch took the helm in 1997 and immediately transitioned the estate over to organic viticulture. Like his father before him, Stéphane served a stint as the President of the Entre-Deux-Mers Growers' Association with the primary goal of convincing his colleagues that the future of the appellation will be found through denser vine planting, lower yields and natural vineyard management.
The grapes used for this Estate grown and bottled wine were harvested from a selection of old vines with low yields, planted in Limestone-Clay soil, from two vineyards: Haux and Sainte-Marie. Winemaking is divided per parcels. The wine was left to macerate and ferment in stainless steel tanks for 3 - 6 weeks to allow for a flexible extraction of tannins, after which it was then aged in French Oak barrels, 20% of which were new, for a total of 12 months.