The Plaimont-owned Monastery vineyard, which clings to the steep slopes of the hillside village of Saint Mont, dates back to the eleventh century when said monastery was founded by Benedictine monks.
Centuries-old heritage of the Benedictine monks
From the outset,
out of a total surface area of 7.5 hectares of vines (Tannat, Pinenc and Cabernet Sauvignon), only 5 ha are reserved for production of this Grand Vin. The Monastery of Saint Mont’s terroir is unique in the appellation thanks to the exceptional richness afforded by its swelling clay outcrop and its cool exposition (north-east facing slopes and plateau). On this terroir the Tannat variety can develop an unrivalled tannic structure and power thanks to a regulated, limited water supply. On the Monastery parcels, the Tannat grape does not reach full maturity until the end of a long Indian summer, yet still manages to retain all its exuberance.
In the wine cellar,
this cuvée is aged in barrels for 12 to 14 months. The final part of the ageing takes place in tank for four further months in order to bring complete harmony to the cuvée.
One the palate / mouthfeel
This wine is a deep, glossy red colour with inky edges. The attack is bold with intense fruity notes. Spicy flavours in the mouth are carried by an enormous tannic structure. This wine is built on its power, but has a memorable, subtle core rich in fruit.