80% Merlot – 20% Cabernet Franc
Soil type: Sand & Clay
Harvesting: 100% manual
Vinification methods: Soft, slow maceration and fermentation pumping over
Malolactic fermentation in barrels
«And the Saved World Remembers» (1985)
The Belarusian artist Mai Dantsig devoted more than 10 years of his life to this work. The monumental painting «And the Saved World Remembers» (3.7 x 7 m) was completed in 1985, 40 years after the end of the Second World War. The theme of war, however, has remained special for the Belarusian Dantsig. As it has for every citizen of Belarus where one in three citizens perished during the fascist occupation.
The image of Raphael’s Sistine Madonna, a masterpiece from the collection of the Dresden Gallery, is at the center of the painting. The artist refers to a historical fact. During the war, even before the U.S. forces bombed Dresden, a unique collection of Old Master works was moved from the gallery to mines and quarries outside the city. When the hiding places were finally discovered, many of the paintings were damaged. The precious find was transported to Moscow, where the best experts of the USSR worked to save the masterpieces of the Dresden Gallery, under the supervision of the outstanding Soviet artist and painter Pavel Korin. In 1955, the restored collection was returned to Germany in its entirety.
The painting by the Belarusian master depicts the moment of «liberation» of Rafael Santi’s Sistine Madonna from a mine gallery shelter, which, according to the author’s idea, serves as a metaphor for the liberation of Europe from fascism. The image of Mary embodies all the world’s culture and civilization, as well as liberated life, while the subjects around her – exhausted and wounded soldiers, widows, prisoners, burning cities – symbolize the high price that had to be paid to stop fascism.
Mai Dantsig (1930-2017) is a People’s Artist of Belarus, academician, participant in numerous exhibitions in the USSR and abroad. His works are in the collections of the Russian State Tretyakov Gallery and the National Museum of Art of the Republic of Belarus, as well as in private collections in Russia, Belgium, Germany, Israel and the United States.
Note : 91
«An ambitious and good quality estate in St Emilion that is putting a lot of time and investment into its wines. Cinnamon and saffron spice on the nose and attack here, juicy fruit with clear oak influence. Sweet blackberry and black cherry fruits, polished and sleek but not losing a gentle mouthwatering salinity on the finish. This is good quality. Louis Mitjavile consults.»
Note : 91 – 93
«This domaine lies on the road out towards Pomerol, west of the town as the plateau falls away and the soils become more sandy and gravelly. The nose here is slick and modern, with blueberry and black cherry fruit to the fore, with a fresh, charming, lightly fragant edge reminiscent of white freesia and chalk dust. There is an appealingly slick start to the palate, focused and sinewy, grained through the middle with tightly knit tannins, wrapped in that modern fruit but with threads more reminiscent of black olive and currant. There is a warm and slightly spirity feel here, but it is the structure of tannins and the fresh acidity that is most striking. With a fine grip in the finish, long and structured, and an undeniably modern edge to it, this is a good result from this corner of the appellation.»
«Very accessible; fans out very nicely through the mid-palate to a soft, broad, slightly delicate and gentle but very long finish. Quite intense but almost imperceptibly so. Raspberry fruit, red and black cherries, also hints of red currants. Nice tension; freshness all the way through. Stylish, elegant, distinctive and impressive. The first time I have tasted this en primeur and it really stands out. Something of a revelation.»
Note : 90
«Garnet red. Good intensity of bouquet combining fruity notes and barrel ageing. Nuances of blackcurrant and vanilla. Creamy and fruity on the nose. The wine is elegant, well-balanced and has well-coated, perfectly integrated tannins. Fruity finish. A pleasant wine that can be enjoyed in its youth.»
Note : 86
«With a smoke, espresso, incense, cherry, and oak filled nose, the wine is medium-bodied, bright, lifted and forward, with an oaky, red cherry finish.»