The gravels and sandy soil of Macau, with very little clay, tend to bring very mineral, terroir driven fruits, while the Terroir of Arsac, with more clay, tend to bring more fruits. Michel is here to make sure the balance between the terroirs make sense in the wines. The end result is classic, age worthy, Traditional Medoc of a kind we had previously been disposed to think was extinct.
The Clos du Jaugueyron is the most important wine Michel makes. Long, complex, probably indestructible, it is a wine that is true to the traditions of Margaux; without the Chateau owner, the cellar master and the army of workers. And without all the chemicals (organic farming with some biodynamic practices used as well). Minimal sulfur.
The "Nout" is a beautiful blend of young vine Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with some whole bunch inclusion, 7-10 day maceration in concrete, matured one year in a combination of oak vessels (basically small, medium, and very large barrels) 50% of which is new oak.
Truly captivating, complex and also restrained (12.5% ABV), this is a bottle to decant for several hours or cellar for 10-20 years. Black cherry and plum with plenty of earthy undertones and an array of notes including graphite, black pepper, smoke, and plenty of minerality layered into the memorable finish. A must for any fan of Left Bank BDX.