Chateau le Puy 2015 'Ducs des Nauves' Cotes de Bordeaux
Item Number: 10611
Sub Region: Bordeaux
Appellation/AVA: Bordeaux AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 70% Merlot / 20% Cabernet Franc / 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Viticulture: Certified Biodynamic
Elevation: 80 meters above sea level
Terroir: Duc des Nauves is the second label of Château Le Puy and a wine that boasts the same rigorously natural vineyard management and cellar practices as Château Le Puy itself. The Amoreau family acquired this nine-hectare vineyard in 2006, and immediately began employing biodynamic practices (Duc des Nauves is certified biodynamic as of the 2015 vintage). Planted to 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the vineyard is situated on the same Asterie-limestone mother rock as those of Le Puy, but at a slightly lower altitude—80 meters above sea level compared to Le Puy’s 110 meters. The topsoil is slightly sandier and less clayey here, and it is a bit deeper than at Le Puy—between 1.0 and 1.3 meters.
Winemaking Notes: In the cellar, Duc des Nauves is both fermented (spontaneously, of course) and aged in cement, and bottled without filtration after one year.
Tasting Notes: This 2015 is stellar, its Le Puy bloodline showing in its aromatic exuberance, silky and harmonious palate, and overall seamlessness. It brims with the vigor and generosity of the great 2015 vintage, but it is in no way overripe or out of balance. One would be hard-pressed to find a Bordeaux at this price offering more pleasure, life, and complexity.