The fruit of a plot of vines planted with 85% Merlot, 7% Cabernet franc, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Malbec and 1% Carménère, Emilien is matured in oak barrels and casks for 24 months.The robe is garnet red, with hints of ruby in the younger wines and a touch of orange in the older vintages, with a diaphanous onion-skin finesse to the oldest bottles. The nose is fruity, with ripe red fruit aromas dominated by blackcurrant and redcurrant, accented with roasted almond notes and occasional hints of mushrooms and undergrowth. The palate is well-rounded, full-bodied and precise, with velvety tannins paving the way for a finish is long and enjoyably complex.
The harvest is done manually by a team of professional grape pickers.Twice over the grapes are strikly selected to ensure the highest strictly selected to ensure the highest quality of the berries which cannot be bruised.Careful handling is taken to fill up the baskets They are brought to the fermentation room where the vinification process will start No yeasting nor chaptalization is used. After the fermentation the wine is racked off and poured into oak barrels.The wine will then improve for the next two years. Barthélemy is raised by stirring without addition of sulfites At last the wine is ready for bottling. It is done without filtering and with a great care halfway into a waning moon.
The journey: the “Retour des Îles” casks set sail from Douarnenez in Brittany then, after travelling down along the Spanish coast, they made a first stop off at Lisbon in Portugal. They continued along their way as far as Cape Verde and set off to take the Atlantic Ocean by storm. After a short stopover at Bélem in Brazil, they sailed back up to the Caribbean with a stop at Barbados and in the Dominican Republic. They left the warm waters to head for the Azores and then Falmouth in the United Kingdom. The journey could have ended there but, keen to explore the world, the wines sailed back up the North Sea as far as Amsterdam and Copenhagen. Having had their fill of sea air and gorgeous landscapes they finally returned to Douarnenez. A year later “Retour des Îles” is available for the Christmas holidays.
This 100% Merlot wine is obtained by running off juice from one of the vats during the fermentation process, a practice known as "la saignée". The juice is then fermented in barrels for 6 to 10 months, with no added substances. Rose-Marie is bottled without filtering and without sulphites, leaving us with a perfectly natural wine.