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Haut-Médoc AC 2014 Marguerite
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  • 147. Haut-Médoc AC 2014 Marguerite

    Château Moutte-Blanc

    100% Cabernet Sauvignon (13% alc)

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    Patrice, whose estate qualifies as one of 46 Crus Artisans, has a tiny plot of 0.30h on a superb terroir of reddish colured gravel opposite Ch Cantemerle in Macau. Here the vines are approaching 20yo and give a superb wine, aged in a mix of new, one and two year old barrels, with a class, reserve, suppleness and elegance of dark cedar flecked fruit that make the finest Haut Médoc such a bargain. For drinking now to 2022.

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Winemaker
Patrice de Bortoli
Location
Macau, (Gironde)
Size of domaine
4.5 ha in total of which this cuvée is 0.30 ha
Grape
Clonal selection on 101 14 rootstock. 25 year old vines average. 7000 vines per hectare. Vines trained guyot double.
Terroir
Garonnaise gravel at an elevation of 30m above sea-level. Flat aspect. East/west aspect.
Viticulture
De budding and green harvesting. Leaves grass to grow. Sustainable agriculture practices against oidium and mildew. No insecticides used except compulsory treatment against flavescence. Organic compost used at the end of the winter. Hand harvested and sorting table used to check every individual grape. 49 hectos per hectare yields.
Vinification
Grapes are all destemmed. No prefermentive cold maceration. Grapes are lightly crushed before fermentation. Alcoholic fermentation in small concrete vats for 10 days at 26º/28ºC using selected yeasts. No chaptalisation. Vats are thermoregulated. Three pumping over per day during fermentation and no cap punching. Neither pumping over nor cap punching during a 2 to 3 week cuvaison. Pressed with a horizontal press. Light extraction so the press wine is interesting (blended with free-run juice in January). Aged for 14 months (on average) in 225L barrels (25% new) with four rackings in total. No bâtonnage; no filtration and fining in barrels with egg white. Only one bottling during the year, done by a service provider in April. 2200 bottles produced on average.
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