Chateau Mahon Laville
Jean-Christophes original 1.3 hectares of red grape varieties are located at Laville on a plot of land called Mahon, hence the name. Soils are predominantly clay and the average age of the vines are 15 years old. The wine is a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and it is startlingly good for a red Bordeaux at this price. The work that goes into it - leaf plucking to expose the fruit, crop thinning before veraison to lower yields and aid ripeness, hand picking, three weeks on skins followed by 12 months in vat - all add to this great value wine.