2015 Couvent des Jacobins Calicem St. Émilion Wine Tasting Note


2015 Couvent des Jacobins Calicem  (St. Émilion) 91

Deep in color, the wine offers licorice, smoke, espresso, jam, black cherry and wet earth. Full-bodied, fleshy soft, round and forward, the texture is soft, the fruits are ripe and you find chocolate-covered red fruits in the finish. This is a nice first effort. From the owners of Couvent des Jacobins, this is a parcel selection of old vine Merlot planted in 1961. The wine is micro-vinified, meaning that the wine was fermented and aged in 35% new, French oak barrels ranging in size from 600 liters to 225 barrels. The production is under 250 cases. This is debut vintage.

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couvent des jacobins Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

When to Drink Couvent des Jacobins, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Couvent des Jacobins is better with 3-5 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. Couvent des Jacobins is best enjoyed in the first 5-15 years of life.

Younger vintages can be decanted for up to 1 hour or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Serving Couvent des Jacobins with Wine and Food Pairings

Couvent des Jacobins is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Couvent des Jacobins is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Couvent des Jacobins is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.