Chateau Damase, a property owned by Gerard Milhade, is primarily planted to the Merlot grape variety. The reason for this is the soil is mainly composed of clay, and Merlot thrives in these conditions, while Cabernet prefers faster draining soils. 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. Gerard 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 large proportion of Merlot and 10% of Carmenere 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.