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Francs Côtes-de-Bordeaux AC 2016
  • 140. Francs Côtes-de-Bordeaux AC 2016

    Château Cru Godard

    65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec (13.5% alc.)

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    This wine comes from low yielding, organically tended vines on a south facing limestone hillside. Aged half in cuve and half in 3-5yo barrels it has ripe fruit (low sulphur), nicely cosseted by a refreshing saline quality emanating from limestone. For drinking now to 2021.

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Franck and Carine Richard
Village of Francs (33570). Lieu-dit Godard
Size of domaine
15 hectares
65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec on 420A, 101-14, 41 B and 3309 rootstocks. Clonale selection (clones 144, 3, c343, c181). 40 year old vines average. 4.500 vines per hectare. Vines trained guyot bordelaise.
Clay and limestone at an elevation of 80 metres and facing south/east. 10° slopes. Depth of the soil is 3m.
Organic viticulture (certified by Ecocert©). De budding but no green harvest. Leave grass to grow naturally every other row; mowing twice a year. Cereals and leguminous planted every other row. Sulphur and copper are used against oidium and mildew. No treatment against pest and insects. No fertilizers used. Machine harvested and table de trie used to check every individual grape. 45 hectos per hectare yields.
Grapes are all destemmed. Prefermentive cold maceration at 10°C for 48h. Grapes are not crushed before fermentation. Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel vats for 14 days (at 28°C) using natural, indigenous yeasts. No chaptalisation. Vats are thermoregulated. 30 pumping over during fermentation. 10 pumping over during cuvaison. 1 to 3 weeks cuvaison in vats. Pressed with a vertical hydraulic press. Press wine is aged separately and then blended with free run juice. Micro-bullage technic is used during vinification. Aged for 12 months (on average) in stainless steel vats (50%) and old 228L barrels, medium toast (50%) with no racking. No bâtonnage, light filtration and no collage. Four bottlings during the year done by a service provider (March, June, September and December). 80.000 bottles produced on average.
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