About the winery
If you love mature Bordeaux with tertiary flavors of leather, mushroom, and earth, this wine is for you!
A classic château property, the charming Château de Candale is located east of Saint-Emilion’s celebrated limestone plateau in one of the region’s most desirable districts. The recently modernized estate shares its premium terroir with nearby Château Tertre Roteboeuf and La Mondotte.
Château de Candale probably owes its origins to Marguerite de Suffolk Kendall, a descendent of Edward III, King of England and Duke of Aquitaine. When she married Count Jean of Foix, he added the Count of Candale name to his other titles. At their table, the Count and Countess of Foix-Candale would serve wines from their lands in Saint-Emilion, already widely renowned at the time thanks to the strict quality rules set down by the Jurade of Saint-Emilion.
Jean-Louis Vicard, President of the well-known Vicard Cooperage, purchased Château Roc de Candale in 2010. Stéphane Derenoncourt is the winemaker.
Derenoncourt is one of France's premier wine consultants and his specific expertise is in the Right Bank. He clients include Domaine de Chevalier, Clos Fourtet, Clos de l'Oratoire, Chateau Pavie-Macquin, Canon-la-Gaffeliere, Smith Haut Lafitte, Brown, as well as Francis Ford Coppola's Rubicon Estate in Napa.
Farming practices: sustainable. No herbicide or pesticide are used. Only contact treatments are applied with copper and sulfur.
Tasting Notes: Red Wine. 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. The château is using state of the art wooden upright tanks. The wine is aged 20-24 months in new French oak barrels. Only 1,200 cases produced. 14 % Alcohol. Deep purple color, lush aromas of cherry and vanillin oak. Good tannic structure and a long, well-balanced finish.
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