Château Cartier 2016

Château Cartier 2016

Run by Alain Moueix
Technical Director Laurent Nougaro

Vintage weather conditions

2016 will be remembered as an improbable, ultimately rare vintage shaped by contrasts. It was characterised by an extremely damp spring followed by a particularly dry summer. Everything began under auspicious circumstances with early budding. This head start was quickly reduced by a rather cool and very damp period from March to June. Downy mildew became the main concern. Amid this threat to the vine’s overall cycle, the skies brightened for ten days, enabling quick, complete flowering. Summer arrived from 21 June in hot and above all extremely dry form throughout the season. Rainfall on 13 September, vital to ease the vines, allowed harvests to be performed at leisure.

Harvest area*

16,70 hectares

Harvest terroir*

clay-limestone soil on the slopes and clay-silt at the foot of the slopes

Grapes harvested*

100% Merlot

Harvest dates

28 September to 11 October

Cultivation methods

Vin biologique, Agriculture France,
FR- BIO-07

Vin biodynamique, contrôlé par ECOCERT France SAS


75% barrels and 25% in vats


50 hectolitres / ha


45.600 bottles

* For this Vintage.

Tasting notes

Carmine red with splashes of bright purple.
A complex nose of fresh fruit (cherry), flowers (violet), biscuit and soft spice. On the palate, the wine is fine and tart in the attack. The utterly refined mid-palate reflects the nose with its fresh fruit notes (grenadine, currant), enhanced by present minerality and silky tannins. A taut, lingering finish.

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