Tasting notes: Château Milon Cuvée Caprice
Château Milon Cuvée Caprice Intense, warm, spiced fruit and soft leather on the nose. A proper Saint-Émilion, with rich plummy fruit throughout, this is a food-friendly Bordeaux with a fresh, structured finish.
Food Pairing: Château Milon Cuvée Caprice
Château Milon Cuvée Caprice Works with a range of dishes, from classic robust beef, game and lamb roasts or stews right through to well aged farmhouse Cheddar.
From 8.5 hectares of vines with an average age of 30 years. A portion of the vines are situated at the base of the Saint Christophe des Bardes slope on sand and iron-rich sandstone soils, the rest are situated on the gravel soils of Saint Sulpice. Planting is high-density at 6,600-9,000 vines per hectare.
Part-manual and part-machine harvest. Cold-soak before fermentation to enhance aromatics, followed by thermoregulated fermentation lasting 2 to 3 weeks with regular pigeage to enhance extraction. Ageing in 30% new French oak barriques for 12-15 months.
Domaines Bouyer was a group of two top Bordeaux estates that by 2008 covered 18 hectares in Saint-Emilion. The Saint-Emilion properties Château Milon Grand Cru and Clos de la Cure Grand Cru have been in the Bouyer family for over seven generations, before being joined in 2010 by the newly purchased 56 are (0.56 hectare) Clos 56 in Pomerol. In the capable hands of Alexia and Pierre Bouyer, the domaine takes an ecological approach to the running of the estates aiming to bring out the best of their terroir marked by the fullness of ripe Merlot with intense red fruit aromas underpinned by delicate tannins.
Domaines Bouyer practices reasoned viticulture and has embarked upon an ongoing programme to make its operations increasingly sustainable: it no longer uses herbicides; it ensures that soils are regularly aerated, and it plants complementary cover crops between rows of vines. The domaine is HVE 3 certified.