Thursday, 25 June 2009
On a cloudless day in June we visited Chateau Guadet. Vincent started with a tour of his vines. Growing in only a foot or two of soil above a limestone plateau opposite the village, it is the best of the superb St Emilion Terroir! Every care is taken in looking after and harvesting the grapes. We discussed recent problems with hail damage and Nematoad pests but you would never know. The vineyard looked really smart and it evidently produces diamond grapes!
Winemaking is done at the maison in the middle of the village. Large temperature controlled concrete tanks hold the juice for the wine to develop. Vincent carefully monitors and pumps over the wine before it is bottled on premises and stored under ideal conditions in the labyrinthe of limestone cellars carved under the house.
This is an estate at the top of its class.
St Emilion Grand Cru Classe