Légende R Saint-Emilion

Produced by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), Légende R Saint-Emilion is an harmonious blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
With its fruity, toasty bouquet, this elegant wine is round and well balanced on the palate : a fine illustration of this prestigious appellation.

Légende R Saint-Emilion

Vintages

  • Vintage 2015

    • 85 % Merlot
    • 15% Cabernet Franc

    The 2015 vintage was characterised by a rather late bud burst, a quick and uniform flowering which took place under very favourable conditions (low rainfall and above-average temperatures). July was very hot (with a near-heatwave between 30 June and 6 July) and dry (20 mm of rain, like in 2010). August, however, was quite wet (90 mm on average) compared with the past fifteen years. Véraison (end July/beginning August) was quick and uniform. At a Bordeaux level, 2015 is a very good vintage, though marked by a certain lack of uniformity due to the patchy rainfall in August and September.

    TASTING NOTES (at time of bottling)

    Colour: Ruby of medium intensity.
    Nose: Intense and complex nose, with aromas of wax, exotic woods, cocoa powder.   
    Palate: Balanced and flattering, medium structure with fine and elegant tannins, and long aromatic persistence.

  • Vintage 2014

    • 85 % Merlot
    • 15% Cabernet Franc

    The summer of 2014 was rather gloomy, characterized by a lack of sunshine and low temperatures, but then beautiful weather arrived in the entire region in early September and remained for several weeks (until the end of October), saving the vintage. The Indian summer gave the vines optimal ripening conditions, and the grapes reached a balance between sugar, acidity and phenols worthy of a great vintage. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc benefited from the superb late season and offered excellent quality in 2014.

    TASTING NOTES (at bottling):

    Colour: Medium intensity ruby.
    Nose: Refined and aromatic, the nose combines aromas of leather and sweet spices with woody notes (vanilla).
    Palate: Rounded, full-bodied attack; this is a supple wine with plump, soft tannins, and a pleasantly fresh finish.

  • Vintage 2016

    • 85 % Merlot
    • 15% Cabernet Franc

    2016 was a remarkable vintage in the Bordeaux region, reminiscent of the legendary 1990 in terms of both quantity and quality. It was a challenging year for winegrowers, with a very wet start to the growth cycle (800 mm of rain over the first six months of the year), a very dry period from 1 July to 13 September, and finally localized thunderstorms and a beautiful Indian summer that enabled the grapes to reach optimal ripeness. The red wines are rich, smooth and fruity, with tannins of a rarely obtained maturity and very deep colours.

    TASTING NOTES (at time of bottling)

    Colour : Deep crimson-purple

    Nose : Elegant, refined nose, mingling toasted and vanilla notes with aromas of blackberries and liquorice

    Palate : Full-bodied, rich and smooth on the palate, with a silky tannic structure and a long aftertaste of red fruit and graphite.

    Serving temperature: 15 to 17°C This wine can be enjoyed now or cellared for another 5 to 6 years.

  • Vintage 2013

    • 95% Merlot
    • 5% Cabernet Franc

    The 2013 vintage in Saint Emilion was characterized by difficult weather conditions. A wet spring resulted in flower abortion and uneven grape size, two hail storms, on 26 July and 2 August, caused varying amounts of damage, the grapes began to ripen relatively late, from 10 August, and there were alternating spells of rain and fine weather until the harvests. It was one of the most difficult vintages of the last 30 years, with an average decrease in yields of the order of 30%, making them the worst since the frost of 1991! Meticulous work in the vineyard and very strict selections in the winery enabled some pleasant surprises and successes: the 2013 Saint Emilions are supple, with a gentle, crisp structure.

    TASTING NOTES (AT BOTTLING)

    Colour : Medium intensity ruby.
    Nose : Lovely, expressive, seductive nose, dominated by notes of red fruit (blackcurrants, raspberries) and subtle toasted notes. 
    Palate : direct, fruity attack, the tannins are supple, and the finish is fresh and very aromatic (fresh fruit). A soft, accessible wine for easy-drinking.