TERROIR The terroirs dedicated to Le Carillon de Rouget are more aerial than the ones selected for Château Rouget. This, combined with the relative youth of the vines, compared to the ones of the Grand Vin, result in earlier ripening and give the wine its roundness and appealing character.
GRAPE VARIETIES 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc Planting density: 3 000 vines per acre / 7 500 vines per hectare Average age of vines: 20 years
SOIL MANAGEMENT Vineyards are sustainably farmed, using practices such as cover crops and ploughing.
HARVESTS Grapes are harvested by hand, in small 20kg crates. Each plot is harvested individually in order to ensure optimal ripeness of the entire crop. Grapes are then sorted carefully. WINEMAKING & AGEING Grapes from different parcels are vinified separately in stainless steel tanks, then aged in oak barrels (second fill) for 14 months. This vintage was bottled on a fruit day according to the lunar calendar, to allow the wine to express itself fully.