Chateau le Puy 2019 'Duc des Nauves' Cotes de Bordeaux AOC
Item Number: 14173
Sub Region: Right Bank
Appellation/AVA: Cotes de Bordeaux AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 70% Merlot / 20% Cabernet Franc / 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Viticulture: Certified Biodynamic
Soil Type: Limestone, sand and clay
Elevation: 80 meters
Terroir Notes: 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 (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: Duc des Nauves is surely one of the most unique and incredible values in all of Bordeaux. In the cellar, Duc des Nauves is both fermented and aged in cement. Fermentation occurs spontaneously with native yeast and no temperature control. The wine is bottled without filtration after one year. A low amount of sulfites are added (~25 mg/L).
Tasting Notes: Hailing from a warm and solar growing season, the 2019 Duc des Nauves offers a dark, ripe, granular nose of black cherries and plums, and despite the richness of the fruit it pulls off a lifted and balletic palate, with that haunting seamlessness of texture that all Le Puy wines demonstrate.