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Michelin Star Wine
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Chateau le Puy Emilien 2008

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One Line Description Château Le Puy 2008 has a beautiful garnet red colour, with hints of ruby in the younger wines and a touch of orange in the older vintages.
Production Method Natural, Organic, Biodynamic
Country France French
Region Bordeaux, Cotes de Francs,France
Producer Chateau Le Puy
Vintage 2008
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Medium bodied
Grape Blend 85% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Carménère
Alcohol 12.5%
Terroir The vineyards are 110 meters above sea level and the soil consists of clay, flint and limestone.
Total Sulphur Level 7.5 mg/l
Maturation Matured in oak barrels and casks for 24 months.
Production Detail Biodynamic, they practice organic and biodynamic viticulture. No chemical fertilisers, no herbicides, no artificial insecticides and no added yeasts and sugar.
Natural Features Low Sulphite (Sulphur)
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The 2008 Le Puy was the first I tasted. Although not considered to be a great vintage, it is ageing beautifully, there is excellent balance, less body than 2009 but with gentle tannins and delightful subtlety. It will continue to age for a long, long time.

Owned by the Amoreau family since 1610, Château Le Puy overlooks the Dordogne valley on the same geological plateau as Saint-Emilion and Pommerol, once called the ‘Plateau of Wonders’. The Château was originally built at the beginning of the 17th century and later extended in 1832 by Barthélémy Amoreau. There are 35 hectares of vines spread over three plots with soils made of clay, limestone and silica. It's quite common to find some sharpened flints between the vines as some parts used to be battlefields in medieval times. There vines are 85% of Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% of very old vines of Carménère. There is also a small patch of old vines of Semillon from where they make their delicious un-sulphured white Marie Cecile. The current crop of family wine makers, Jean-Pierre, Françoise and Pascal are the 15th generation and winemaking methods have barely changed in all that time meaning that Chateau Le Puy Claret has a taste reminiscent of the 1940's and 1950's (so i am told) truly reflecting the terroir, the moderate climate and the finesse of the grapes varieties. They work using biodynamic principles, no chemicals, low yields, no yeasting nor chaptalization, long ageing and very low added sulphites if any. These are rare bottles in Bordeaux, not trying to impress wine critics or grab headlines, not trying to fetch mind boggling prices on the international markets (although the older they get, the pricier they become) and not trying to express anything other than what they can produce in their vineyard. They are bottles of Bordeaux that made me like Bordeaux again and although i have rarely tasted the very old vintages, i know these wines age majestically.

A wine maker according to Jean Pierre Amoreau....


‘Being a wine grower is being an artist with method, audacious with reflection, enthusiast with meditation, ardent with patience, stubborn with imagination, thrifty with generosity.’ COOL!


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