“Carteirra is working with small parcels of old vines spread out over four different vineyards. Together these give us the perfect ingredients to create the very best blend. For me it is all about the limestone.”
– Benoit Trocard
Bordeaux is a tale of two riverbanks. On the Left Bank Cabernet Sauvignon with its long-lived intellectual austerity is king, whereas across the Dordogne on the Right Bank the lush and opulent pleasures of Merlot dominate, and it is here that St. Emilion lies. This noted appellation enjoys a maritime climate and the soil is a complex pattern of gravel deposits, sand, and clay mixed with limestone. The best vineyards are invariably on the limestone côtes around the town of St-Emilion. The wines of the region offer a marked contrast to the stern profile of Left Bank wines. They tend to show a generous softness, a sweet butter toffee note and rich fruit flavours with the dark chewy richness of ripe berries and cherries.
Trocard’s tendency to focus on lower yields from the best vineyards ensures a ripeness to the fruit, and a winemaking style that employs new French oak barrels with a consciously reductive element allows the wines to age especially well, retaining their primary fruit flavours for as long as possible.