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AOC Bordeaux Superieur Cuvée Pierre de Cartier Château Couronneau

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Description

Merlot dominated claret of big structure and intensity. Absolute bargain!

Individually selected mature bunches are crushed,cold-soaked and malolactic fermentation takes place in new oak barrels from the Troncais forest. Rich, toasted and cocoa notes coat a basket of blackberries and plums. The texture on the palate is intense and offers superb concentration with a hint of balsamic.

Gold Medal at Palmares du Concours 2013 (2011 vintage)

‘Very good on the nose, some clean fruity aromatics, raspberry and dark cherry, with some clear oak impact also, vanilla and brioche flavours, the sweeter end of the spectrum. The flavours hold through on the palate with a good persistency that doesn’t trail to bitterness as so many can in this vintage. Drink 2013-2020’ Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine November 2013 (2011 vintage)

Taste

Richly ripe blackberry fruit, Vanilla

Aroma

Blackberry and plum, Cocoa and balsamic

Originally established way back in the 15th century, the imposing and impressive Château Couronneau comprises 38 hectares of vineyards, all certified for organic (Ecocert) and biodynamic (Demeter) wine production. The property itself lies just outside the small town of Ligueux to the south of Sainte-Foy-la-Grande and the Dordogne river. Located at the highest point in the local area at some 180 metres above sea-level, vines benefit from the clay/limestone soils with their ability to balance water retention with good drainage. The current owners, Christophe and Bénédicte Piat purchased the property back in 1994 with the intention of restoring the château to its former glory and to re-plant the vineyards and  convert to organics. The organic certification was acheived in 1999 and by 2011 all vineyards were being cultivated according to biodynamic principles. Of the total vineyard holdings, 35 hectares are planted to Merlot and just 3 hectares to Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris. Their meticulous work in the vineyards ensures excellence in each finished bottle. Harvesting is partly carried out by hand and partly by the latest generation of machines. Similar attention to detail is applied to all work in the cellar, marrying the best of traditional techniques with more contemporary practices. Strict selection of grapes, temperature control and gentle handling helps to ensure that the natural fruit expression is retained as much as possible. Quality oak barrels of varying sizes provide the perfect vessels for the 12 month or more maturation of the top red wines.  

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