|Grapes||Petit Verdot, Cab Franc, Merlot, Cab Sauv|
45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot. Stéphane Dief does it again. Very vibrant deep purple to black. Rich seamless fruit. A touch of fruitcake ripeness. This is a fantastic wine in this vintage, comparable to the three previous ones, and really not easy to recognise as of 2011. Great concentration of savour and matter, with sweetness of fruit flavours as well as a lovely flow, and very long. Rating: 91+ L&S (Apr 2012)
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One of Charles Lea's very clever bordeaux finds, made in the northern Médoc from equal quantities of cabernet sauvignon and merlot, plus a little petit verdot and cabernet franc. It tastes of deep, dark black fruit.Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph (Nov 2016)
Good natural density of fruit, good future. Drink 2014-2020. Rating: 16 www.decanter.com (Apr 2012)
"We turned our garage into a makeshift wine cellar and made our first wine in 1998.” Françoise and Stéphane Dief. Which sounds impossibly idyllic! In a region of grand estates with long complicated histories the arrivistes of Clos Manou are a refreshing change. Starting with just .12ha of vines, the Diefs have patiently spent 15 years building their holding up to 18ha, along the way absorbing the obscure Cru Bourgeois of Château Cantegrive. The estate may be 'new' but amongst their holdings are Bordeaux’s oldest vines – they have a small pre-phylloxera parcel from the 1850’s. The estate is centred on the village of Saint-Christoly de Médoc in the increasingly popular area of the Haut-Médoc to the north of Saint Estèphe. All of Clos Manou’s vineyards are high-density plantings – some 10 000 vines per hectare – and all are converted to organic farming as soon as is practical. Grape variety proportions are 45% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. The first wine is aged in 100% new wood. The second wine is called Petit Manou.
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