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Castillon Côtes-de-Bordeaux AC 2015
  • 131. Castillon Côtes-de-Bordeaux AC 2015

    Château Beynat

    70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc (13.5% alc.)

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    This wine comes from 25years old vines in the west of the appellation on the south facing limestone-clay hillsides of St Magne de Castillon. Organically certified and vinified with indigenous yeasts, this wine has been aged in cement for 15 months and has a clear, attractive not over extracted mid red colour. The nose is clearly printed by saline notes from limestone, and the palate offers a delicious raspberry fruit, with a little spice and hint of cinnamon. For drinking now to 2019.

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Winemaker
Château Beynat
Location
Saint-Magne de Castillon, 33350
Size of domaine
6.50 hectares
Grape
70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc on Riparia, 3309 and 10114 rootstock. Massale selection. 25 year old vines average. 5.000 vines per hectare. Vines trained guyot bordelaise.
Terroir
Clay and limestone at an elevation of 80 metres and facing south and south/east. 10° to 20° slopes. Depth of the soil is 50cm.
Viticulture
Organic viticulture (certified by Ecocert©). De budding and green harvesting only if needed. Mechanical management of grass and mowing. Soil is ploughed during Spring. Leave grass to grow throughout the vineyard. Sulphur and copper are used against oidium and mildew. Organic fertilizers are used during Spring. Machine harvested and table de trie used to check every individual grape. 42 hectos per hectare yields.
Vinification
Grapes are all destemmed. No prefermentive cold maceration. Grapes are not crushed before fermentation. Alcoholic fermentation in concrete vats for 10 to 14 days (at 25°C; max 27°C) using natural, indigenous yeasts. No chaptalisation. Vats are thermoregulated. 2 pumping over and 1 cap punching per day during fermentation. 20 days cuvaison. Pressed with a vertical hydraulic press. Press wine is blended with free run juice. Aged for 18 to 24 months (on average) in concrete vats with no racking. No bâtonnage, light filtration and no collage. Two bottlings during the year (one between January and March and another one between October and December). 35.000 bottles produced on average.
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