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Category: Bordeaux

Closeries des Moussis

Begun in 2008 by Pascale Choime and Laurence Alias, Closeries des Moussis is a micro-domaine in Arsac in the southern Médoc, just a few minutes’ drive from the vast and sprawling vineyards of Margaux and Cantenac. The two women farm about two hectares in Sénéjac near their winery, a small family house they converted to a chai. An additional hectare or so is farmed from tiny plots that they rent out on short-term contracts; some of those contracts can be as short as a single vintage, so there are occasional cuvées that are one-and-done affairs. Their production, including from the leased vineyards, has been 100% organic and biodynamic from the beginning, including manual plowing by their two Breton draft horses, Jumpa and Fée. Pascale hails originally from Cognac, where her family had long grown grapes for distillers. Prior to starting the domaine, she worked for years as the maître de chai at the Bordeaux-Blanquefort viticultural school. Laurence is an agricultural engineer by training and comes from the Duras, just west of Bordeaux, a region where the two sometimes source fruit.

Wines :

Château de Bouillerot “Cep d’Antan” Bordeaux

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Château de Bouillerot

Thierry Bos is the third generation of his family to head Château Bouillerot, an estate located in the Entre-Deux-Mers about 12 miles due east of Barsac. At just 9 hectares, the estate is minute by Bordeaux standards, but that small size has allowed Bos to focus on his passions: organic viticulture that is in harmony with his vineyard’s broader environment; nurturing the growth of Carmenère, Malbec, and Petit Verdot, varietals that were far more common in the pre-phylloxera era in Bordeaux than they are today; and, of course, making great wine. Certified organic since 2013, total production of around 2,000 cases.

Wines :

Château de Bouillerot “Cep d’Antan” Bordeaux

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Paul Barre

Though not as well known outside of France, Paul Barre is an iconic figure in Bordeaux. Regarded as the godfather of biodynamics in the region, Barre had fully converted his small domaine in Fronsac to biodynamic viticulture by 1990, after having experimented with the preparations and processes for more than a decade. In the 1990s, while the rest of Bordeaux was ravenously expanding vineyard acreage and increasing yields, Barre actually reduced his domaine from 15 to 7 hectares, an area that he feels is both amenable to the environment and well-suited to the care and attention required for making great wine. Today, La Grave, and its tiny sister estate La Fleur Cailleau in Canon Fronsac, are mainly managed by Paul’s son Gabriel and Gabriel’s wife Edith. The biodynamic viticulture continues, along with the horse-plowed rows, small production, and hand-crafted quality.

Wines :

Paul Barre Château La Grave Fronsac

Paul Barre Château La Fleur Cailleau Canon-Fronsac

Paul Barre “Leeloo” VdF

Please note that these wines are very limited.

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Château Le Puy

Owned by the Amoreau family since 1610, Château Le Puy overlooks the Dordogne valley on the same plateau as Saint-Emilion and Pommerol. The Château was originally built at the begining of the 17th century and later extended in 1832 by Barthélemy Amoreau. It’s common to find some sharpened flints between the vines as some parts were battlefields in times past.

Now on their 15th generation of winemakers, the methods used at Le Puy are reminiscent of those used in the 1940s, with great respect of the terroir. They work using biodynamic principles, no chemicals on the soil, low yields, no yeasting nor chaptalization, long aging and very low added sulfites. These practices then allow the Amoreau family to express the full character of the terroir and to produce incredible wines that will be able to age for decades.

The vineyards are planted to a number of red varieties, including Merlot (85%), Cabernet Sauvignon (6%), Cabernet Franc (7%), along with a touch of Malbec and Carmenère. The soil type varies but is principally a mix of clay, silex and limestone, with very high acidity levels. The average age of the vines is 50 years and no synthetic treatments have ever been used at the estate, which is certified biodynamic. Harvest is manual, the grapes are entirely destemmed and the cuvaison is long, continuing for two to four weeks. Only indigenous yeast is utilized, no chapitalisation is done nor is SO2 used during the fermentation.

Wines :

Château Le Puy “Émilien”

Château Le Puy “Barthélemy”

Duc des Nauves

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Château Peybonhomme les Tours

One of a very few Bordeaux chateaux whose production is all certified organic and biodynamic, the Peybonhomme les Tours is grown from 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Malbec. Fermentation by indigenous yeast, minimal SO2 use, unfined, lightly filtered. Fermentation in stainless, élevage for 12 months in mostly neutral oak.

Wines:

Château Peybonhomme Les Tours, Côtes de Blaye

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Château Moulin de Tricot

Situated 30 km north of the city of Bordeaux, Château Moulin de Tricot is a tiny property established in the 19th Century by the ancestors of the current proprietor, Bruno Rey. The Rey family owns just shy of five (5) hectares of vineyards on a gravelly “croupe” (outcropping) in the commune of Arsac. Of the five hectares, 3.7 hectares are within the Margaux appellation and 1.2 hectares are classified as Haut-Médoc. The soils at Moulin de Tricot are a mix of sand and gravel sitting on a subsoil of clay and marl. The sandy gravel provides excellent drainage while the clay in the subsoil provides moisture to the vines deep roots. Local traditions are lovingly followed at Moulin de Tricot. Vineyards are cultivated without the use of chemical herbicides and are tightly spaced. The close spacing results in higher density per hectare (9500 plants/ha), but lower yield per vine, guaranteeing greater richness of polyphenols in the ripe grapes. Moulin de Tricot stands virtually alone as it continues to follow the classic style of Margaux: utilizing Cabernet Sauvignon as the dominant grape variety. Cabernet accounts for 75% of the vineyards, Merlot the remaining 25%. The vines average 30 years of age.

Core Wines:

Château Moulin de Tricot Haut Médoc

Château Moulin de Tricot Margaux

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Château La Rame

Situated 40 kilometers southeast of the city of Bordeaux, Château La Rame is among the oldest and most renowned properties in the Sainte Croix du Mont appellation. The 20 hectares of Château La Rame are set on a clay-limestone soil blessed with an exceptional substratum marked by a bed of fossilized oysters dating from the Tertiary era. The hillside vineyards overlook the Garonne River and face full south as they slope down towards the river. The vineyards are planted 75% to Semillon and 25% to Sauvignon Blanc with an average age of 50 years. It is from these vineyards that the Bordeaux Blanc Sec (Sauvignon) and the Sainte Croix du Mont “vin liquoreux” is produced. On the sandier soils of the property where the land slopes toward the river, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are planted and are used to produce a Bordeaux Rouge and Bordeaux Rosé. An additional six hectares are sited on a hillside around the neighboring village of Monprimblanc.

Core Wines (others available):

Château La Rame, Bordeaux Blanc Sec

Château La Rame, Bordeaux Rouge

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Château La Grolet

Jean-Luc Hubert and family make old school, soulful wines in the northern right bank of Bordeaux. Long time biodynamic farming, old vines, traditional cellar work (no added yeasts or enzymes), and subtle use of oak gives this young wine an earthy complexity and depth that is sadly lacking from today’s cookie-cutter, oaky, over-extracted Bordeaux. Certified organic and biodynamic. 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec grown on gravel and silt-based clay terroir. Spontaneous fermentation, aged 12 months in mostly neutral oak; unfined, loosely filtered.

Wines :

Château La Grolet Côtes de Bourg

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Château Belregard-Figeac

The Pueyo Family has owned Belregard Figeac since 1853. The estate has remained in the family and this continuous ownership is accompanied by the priceless and intimate knowledge of the best parcels of each vineyard gained through seasons of observation. This is the kind of understanding that no amount of time at university can replace. It shows through in the wine, a true example of the character of their particular corner of Saint-Emilion.

Wines :

Belregard-Figeac “Tellus Vinea” Bordeaux Rouge

Château Belregard-Figeac Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

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Château Haut-Ségottes

Danielle Meunier is the fourth generation of her family to oversee this nine hectare estate situated in the heart of the Saint Emilion appellation. Mme. Meunier’s great-grandfather purchased the estate around 1860 and had earned gold medals for his wine as early as 1912 at the Concours Agricole in Paris. In 1959, the estate began to bottle its wine in earnest. In 1972 Madame Meunier took the reins of production and we can proudly stake our claim as one of her first and most loyal clients: we have been purchasing her wines since the 1977 vintage. The 9 hectares Chateau Haut Segottes are all planted within the St. Emilion Grand Cru appellation. The vineyards are planted 60% to Merlot, 35% to Cabernet Franc, and 5% to Cabernet Sauvignon. The position of the vineyards within the appellation is outstanding. Parcels are found within the “lieu-dits” of Fortin (across from La Dominique and 300 meters from Cheval Blanc); Chauvin; and the highly regarded “Plateau de Corbin”. Production levels average 45 hectoliters per hectare. Haut Segottes bottles between 30,000 to 40,000 bottles per year. We have never encountered a more meticulous wine producer. Madame Meunier’s cave is impeccably organized and clean as the proverbial “whistle”. The vineyards are tended with the utmost of care by Madame Meunier and her long-serving trio of master “gardeners”. Her obsession with, and dedication to her vineyards, enables Madame Meunier’s Haut Ségottes to produce exceptional quality year-in and year-out despite the vagaries of the weather. The wines of this estate capture the essence of the artisanal craftsperson

Core Wines (others available):

Château Haut-Ségottes Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

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