PM Miss 2006

 

A typical Saint Emilion

After the extraordinary 2005 vintage, a "return to normal" was quite welcome. But 2006 was also something special: a high level of water stress and particularly hot months of July and September led to very rich grapes. Weather conditions without any excesses (heat and rainfall nicely spread over the flowering and growth periods) ensured a more traditional context for our wines.

Life at the winery

Thanks to the Indian summer in September, we were able to wait for optimum ripeness of the grapes before starting up the harvests. The fruit itself was the biggest source of potential this year, and we had to "capture" it during the vatting process by performing pre-fermentary maceration (before the alcoholic fermentation phase). Crunchy red fruit, good aromatic complexity and a long-lasting impression on the plate all point to a vintage ready to be aged for a good while.

The oenologist's tasting notes

Brilliant and limpid
Complex, powerful first nose
Nicely ripe fruit, with a bouquet enhanced by a fine, complex woodiness
Very silky in the attack
Ample, full development
Very good sweetness
Harmonious, long-lasting finish
Drink until 2015.
 

Tasting notes - Dussert-Gerber 2010 Guide

We liked this Saint Emilion Grand Cru Miss Petit Mangot 2006, a cuvée that came into being following the birth of their granddaughter Elora in April 2006. The wine is matured exclusively in barrels; it is a celebration of smoothness and femininity, with a bouquet in which notes of redcurrant and humus come to the fore.  Combines body and finesse, great harmony and balance, good ageing potential.

 
PM Miss 2007

 

A successful vintage against the odds

2007 really was a testing year. We went through a period of doubt, or even pessimism, due to the huge variations in rainfall (- 25% from October 2006 to January 2007 and +25% in May), and temperature (+3.5°C in April and -1.8°C in July/August). Very early in the season (April), we saw a surge of mildew, which we managed to keep under control thanks to tireless monitoring, side-shoot removal, green harvesting, etc... Despite our best efforts, the cool, rainy months of July and August meant that the 2007 vintage was only salvaged by the Indian summer. Indeed, September and October were exceptionally dry.

Life at the winery

Despite the chaotic weather all year long, the harvests actually took place in the sunshine. Started on 28 September and completed on 2 October, harvesting at Petit Mangot was quick because we did not want to take any risks with the health of the grapes. During the vinification process, we worked on each plot according to its ripeness level in order to get the best of their "fruit potential" which, as we had known from the start, would be the main asset of the 2007 vintage.

The oenologist's tasting notes

An intense cherry-red colour

Nose combining notes of black fruit and vanilla

Great aromatic complexity

Fleshy and suave on the palate with rounded tannins and interesting sweetness

The aromatic aftertaste is marked by complexity