Chateau Damase is an unusual estate because it is planted with 100% Merlot. The reason for this is because the soil is mainly composed of clay, and Merlot thrives in these conditions, while Cabernet prefers faster draining soils. The property is also home of Xavier Milhade, owner and chief winemaker. The viticultural techniques employed here are done with the same care and attention to detail as those practiced at classified estates in Saint-Emilion, with small modifications made to suit the terroir of Chateau Damase. At harvest, the grapes are sorted again by quality. Following a selection of the best grapes, there is 100% destemming and a gentle crushing before transferring the berries to temperature controlled vats. A traditional Bordeaux fermentation takes place. Xavier Milhade’s objective is to strike a balance between obtaining good extraction and allowing the terroir to express itself. The wine is aged in new and 1-year-old oak casks and, after a light filtration, is bottled 18 months after the harvest. The use of 100% Merlot gives the wine excellent depth of color and an explosive bouquet of truffles, violets and plums. The full-bodied palate is loaded with a melange of delicious red fruits and structured with soft, supple tannins. There is good balance and a long finish - a hallmark of quality.