VDF Chateau le Puy "Emelien" 2017
Producer: Chateau le Puy
Region: Cotes de Bordeaux, France
Grapes: 85% Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Carmenere, Petit Verdot
Body: Full body
Vinification: Grapes are destemmed, the alcoholic fermentation happens in a cement tank. The wine is then aged in oak vats (Foudre) for 12 months, plus 12 months in oak barrels. A tiny amount of sulphur is added at bottling.
Vegan? : Yes
Steeped in history, Le Puy was first built in the early 17th century. Despite the march of time, production here harks back to an older era. Unlike most Bordeaux wines, which are blended from several grapes, this estate crushes grape varieties together allowing the indigenous yeasts from different parcels and grapes to combine. This provides an extra layer of complexity during their natural fermentation process. These wines are capable of maturing for decades.
From 1990, Le Puy started to move towards sulphite-free vinification, with an extra focus on using only carefully selected grapes without added sulphites, sugars or yeasts, and then allowing the wine to barrel mature for 24 months, with regular stirring in accordance with the lunar calendar. No filtration or fining takes place. This process was implemented in full from the 1998 vintage. As such, they are certified biodynamic by Demeter.
Blackcurrant, prunes, red fruits and roasted almonds.
Powerful yet elegant and approachable.