Wine Details - Château Ramafort

50 % Merlot, 50 % Cabernet Sauvignon

Location: In the commune of Blaignan, Ordonnac and Prignac in the Medoc region, 5 miles north-west of St-Estephe.
Climate: Oceanic. Mild and humid Winter and Spring, warm and dry in Summer and Autumn.
Soil: Stony gravel and limestone-clay.
Altitude: 30 meters
Average vine age: 30 years
Density of plantation: 7 500 vines per hectare.
Pruning: Guyot double
Vineyard practices: Elimination of excess buds; leaf stripping as needed
Certification "Agriculture Raisonnée 2006”
Size of vineyard: 33.5 hectares
Yield: Average 45 hectoliters per hectare.
Typical harvest starting dates: Early  October for the Merlot;
Mid October for the Cabernet Sauvignon.
Hand selection on the vines before picking
Maceration period: 15-25 days, depending on the year, the variety, and the age of the vines.
Maturation:

Aged in oak barrels (50% new, 50% one year old) for 12-16 months

Assemblage: February after harvest
Bottling date: November of the following year


At Chateau Ramafort we have long embraced a policy of sustainable agriculture, not only to preserve our natural environment, but more importantly to  allow mother nature’s influence to be fully expressed in every vintage we produce.