Chateau Le Puy Emilien 2013

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Classic, Complex, Mature

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Chateau Le Puy Emilien 2013, biodynamic wine, iconic Bordeaux Chateau, unique in its commitment to natural production and the original flavours of right bank Bordeaux.  The dwindling bottles of 2013 Emilien are a treat for Le Puy lovers.  Although not perhaps a stellar vintage and therefore not capable of decades of ageing, it is quintessentially Le Puy, elegant, expressive and now complex and smooth. This is what they say about it at the estate… ‘A fruity nose with ripe red berry aromas, predominantly blackcurrant and redcurrant with burnt almond and occasionally mushroom and undergrowth. It boasts a round, full and delicate palate with velvety tannins and a long and pleasantly complex finish.  Emilien is a sophisticated wine that can be drunk young, thanks to its velvety tannins, or aged to discover the full depth of its terroir. It is a wine of great longevity. Emilien is the perfect wine to accompany both family dishes and more sophisticated delicacies.’

Is Vegan? Yes
Bottle Size 750ml
Production Method Biodynamic, Natural, Organic
Producer Chateau Le Puy
Country France
Region Bordeaux, Cotes de Francs,France
Vintage 2013
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Medium bodied
Grapes Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Malbec, Merlot
Alcohol 13% ABV
Maturation 2 years in old barriques
Total Sulphur 15 mg/l
Ageing Potential Ready to drink
Food Matching Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Rich Sauces

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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The Natural Wine Lexicon

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Natural Yeast Fermentation
  • Nothing Removed, Nothing Added
  • Hand Harvest
  • Unfined
  • Unfilitered
  • Low Sulphur
  • No Added Sulphur
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