ADVOCATE Cabernet Merlot (from €12.50)
The 'Advocate' Cabernet Merlot is one of Domaine Saint Hilaire's most critically acclaimed wine.
A traditional Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) and Merlot (30%), this complex oaked wine makes an excellent accompaniment to red meats and cheeses, while remaining supple enough to drink on its own. Drinking well from 2017 and will keep improving through to 2020.
Light clay-limestone (explore the vineyard here)
Traditional vinification of each variety separately with initial cold maceration followed by alcoholic fermentation at controlled temperature (24c - 27c). Gentle extraction with micro-oxygenation. Racking to barrel for malolactic fermentation. Selection for blend after ageing in barrel.
In French oak barrels for 10 to 12 months
Aromas of black cherries and sweet bell pepper joined by more savoury notes such as smoky bacon and coffee on the palate. Well balanced with excellent length.
Production: 4000 bottles
Closure: Diam 3 Cork
Carton: 6 bottles
Concours Mondial Bruxelles 2004 - Silver
Guide Hachette 2005 - Three stars & Coup de Coeur
Concours Mondial Bruxelles 2005 - Grande Medaille d'Or
Concours Mondial Bruxelles 2006 - Silver
Concours Mondial Bruxelles 2008 - Gold
Concours Mondial Bruxelles 2009 - Gold