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Château CASSINI - Saint Emilion

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Cassini, 2 confidential hectares in Saint-Emilion

Arnaud Daudier de Cassini-bordeaux-saint-emilionCassini is a micro estate of 2 hectares located in Saint Emilion. Arnaud Daudier de Cassini produces some of Bordeaux's most prestigious Merlot-based wines (and 15% Cabernet Franc, a clay-limestone soil from Saint-Emilion!).

After studying viticulture and oenology in Avignon and a few internships, notably at Chateau Figeac, Arnaud Daudier de Cassini launched himself: he bought a 2-hectare vineyard in 1993 in Saint Emilion. His first vintage was released in 1999. 

At the same time, he continues his adventure by buying 4 hectares of beautiful Merlots on clay, certified organic, in simple AOP Bordeaux, a little further, below the village of Saint-Emilion.

Cassini is very unusual: neither domain nor castle (a word a little overused in the region!). It is also unusual by its surface, ridiculous for a Saint-Emilion: you have to be really passionate because the profitability of the facilities is not facilitated by the confidential harvest! In the vineyard, the herbs are voluntarily high, and the winemaker pays a lot of attention and care. For the anecdote, the grape harvest in Cassini is done manually and on a day.
The wines are aged 22 months in concrete vats, without passing in oak barrels. It is still a specificity that makes atypical wines, with a highly sought-after character since the beginning of the 2010s: simple, fruity, gourmet wines with great finesse and a nice freshness. They do not need many years of patience to open.
Over the years, Cassini has acquired a good reputation, including abroad, and his wines appear on the menu of many large tables for their ease to simply accompany simple meals, without taking the top when they accompany the finest dishes.

The curious curve drawn on the label is a tribute to the ancestor of the winemaker, Jean-Dominique Cassini, a mathematician - astronomer - cartographer who "invented" in 1680 the oval that bears his name, colloquially called "cat's eyes" "or the" cassinoid ", which describes the true movements of the Sun, and its various distances to Earth (to be simple!). It is mentioned in the famous Encyclopaedia of d'Alembert in 1784, a family pride ;-)

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