Chateau le Puy 2016 'Duc des Nauves' Cotes de Bordeaux AOC
Item Number: 11292
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
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Certified Biodynamic
Soil Type: Limestone, sand and clay
Elevation: 80 meters above sea level
Vintage Notes: "The best 2016s are powerful, richly layered, vibrant and stunningly beautiful, not to mention incredibly delicious and alluring. For so many wines and estates, 2016 is an epic vintage." - Vinous 1/18/2019
"First and foremost, 2016 is a truly great vintage for Bordeaux, and unquestionably in the same category as 2000, 2005, 2009, 2010, and 2015. While the wines have their own unique style, if pure, classic Bordeaux is your thing, 2016 will most likely check in near the top of this list...Also, quality in 2016 is incredibly consistent across the entire region, and the vintage is packed with values at every price point." - Jeb Dunnuck 2/28/2019
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 (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: 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 (spontaneously, of course) and aged in cement, and bottled without filtration after one year.