Chateau le Puy Emilien 2008

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Garnet, Complex, Mature

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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.

Is Vegan? Yes
Bottle Size 750ml
Production Method Biodynamic, Natural, Organic
Producer Chateau Le Puy
Country France
Region Bordeaux, Cotes de Francs,France
Vintage 2008
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Medium bodied
Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Merlot
Terroir The vineyards are 110 meters above sea level and the soil consists of clay, flint and limestone.
Alcohol 12.50%
Maturation Matured in oak barrels and casks for 24 months.
Total Sulphur 7.5 mg/l
Ageing Potential 20 years
Food Matching On its own

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 we have rarely had the opportunity to taste the very old vintages, we 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.’

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  • Natural Yeast Fermentation
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  • Hand Harvest
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  • Unfilitered
  • Low Sulphur
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