There is only 10% of the normal production this year, from the best clay and limestone soils in Fronsac that they can find. Unusually, this is 100% Merlot this year—all the Cabernet Franc vines were lost to frost. Medium garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Guinaudeau G Acte 9 gives up kirsch, red currant jelly, roses and fresh blackberries with a touch of garrigue. The palate is medium-bodied, vibrant, bright and fresh with very soft tannins and a lift on the finish.
Mid cherry red. I miss the Cabernet Franc fragrance here but it is still scented. Still some graphite. Smooth, chocolate texture. Longer maceration with less frequent remontage than in previous vintages. Rounded, gentle yet persistent with a really nice bite of freshness on the finish. (JH)