Château Cassini - Bordeaux 'St-Emilion' 2016
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The first time you try Cassini's St-Emilion you'll wonder why more Bordeaux doesn't taste like this. This is almost Burgundian in its finesse and focus—two f words that you won't normally associate with St-Emilion, where usually a ton of wines taste well...fake.
This is unadultered and pure, a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc with plenty of black plums and that spice that fans of St-Emilion love. As with his standard Bordeaux, the most captivating element of Cassini's wines are their texture and freshness. Lots of wines from Bordeaux have power, but all too often they are over-extracted. This is elegant, transparent, and vibrant, with plenty of ripe tannins to ensure a long life. 2016 was another excellent vintage, and to be honest, Cassini is just too much of a perfectionist to make a bad wine. In 2013 he didn't even bother making anything due to the poor weather, and just sold everything off.
Bottled with low sulfites and fermented with only natural yeasts. Unfined, unfiltered, and aged in cement—not oak.
Annual Production: N/A
Blend: 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc
Terroir: Clay and chalk
Winemaking: Vinification for over 3 weeks. Natural yeasts. Elevage for 22 months in cement tanks with no oak. Bottled by gravity, unfined and unfiltered. 5g of SO2 per hectoliter added at harvest. Minimal amount of SO2 added just before bottling.
Certification: Certified organic from ECOCERT.
Drinking Window: 2018-2025+
Château Cassini is the tiny, biodynamically farmed 1.93 hectare estate of Arnaud Daudier de Cassini in Saint-Emilion. Here, the former maître de chai of Château Figeac and Château Le Tertre Roteboeuf works tirelessly to make the purest expressions of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon in the region. He is highly influenced by his friends Catherine and Pierre Breton, who helped him convert to biodynamic winegrowing, and also Dagueaneau, who showed him more about working in the vines.
These are wines that are made without oak, and with lots of love. If you've ever wondered what un-manipulated Bordeaux tastes like, this is it.