L’Iris Château Laride Vieilles Vignes


Appellation : Haut-Médoc


History : In 2001, the technical staff of Domaines Fabre decided to produce a Vieilles Vignes cuvee from the oldest vines of château Laride.


Soil structure : Deep gravels in majority with clayey limestone in some areas.


Vineyard / Grape varieties : Area: Appox. 5 hectares. Low yield per hectare owing to the age of the vines.
Varietals: 70% cabernet sauvignon, 22% merlot noir and 8% petit verdot.
Average age of vineyard: Approx. 60 years. The oldest vines are more than 70 years old.


Vinification : The grapes are picked at optimum maturity and the whole harvest is 100% destemmed. Each parcel of vines is vinified separately. 2 to 3 daily pump-overs favour good follow-up of the fermenting process. 4-6 week maceration. Micro-oxygenation in vat strengthens the tannin concentration and enhances the wine suppleness.


Aging : 18 months aging in oak depending on the vintage.


Wine features / Tasting notes : The grapes from the oldest vines of the property give rise to a full-bodied wine with a dense and fleshy structure. Elegant and powerful on the nose with black fruit and oaky notes. Aerating the wine displays complex aromas intermixed with candied fruits, hints of vanilla and toasted oaky notes.


Food / Wine pairing: Roasted beef, game, cheese.


Packaging : 0,75 l bottles packed only in wooden cases.