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Country of Origin: France
Location: Pauillac, Bordeaux
People: Yannick Mirande, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Of the 1,199 valuable hectares planted to grapes in Pauillac, most are owned by the numerous cru classé châteaux that call the region home. Yet, within the formidable triangle formed by Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Lafite Rothschild, and Château Pontet-Canet, a single hectare remains in the hands of grower-producer Yannick Mirande under his label Château Chantecler.
The Mirande family has owned vineyards in Pauillac for several generations, but in the spring of 2004 an aunt sold most of the land to Mouton Rothschild. Yannick Mirande secured control over the remaining hectare and has been making wines from his own vines ever since. Thus, he has enlisted himself in the declining number of small-scale grower producers in Bordeaux.
The vines on the property have an average age of 45 years; their roots are dug deep in the layers of Pauillac’s gravelly terrain, specifically situated in the lieu-dit known as Plateau de Padarnac. The estate produces only one cuvée, a robust wine that is composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. Monsieur Mirande takes a scrupulous approach to his work in the vineyard as well as in the cellar: he is moving towards organic vineyard management, harvests his grapes manually, and employs indigenous yeasts in fermentation. The end result is a special wine: a classic Pauillac marked by the hand and place that crafted it.