Chateau Vieux Chevrol Lalande de Pomerol AOC 2015

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Château Vieux Chevrol is owned by and farmed by Jean-Pierre and Michel Champseix (a father and son team) who farm their 20 hectares in Lalande de Pomerol. The family has been making wine in the region for generations, and continue to do so with traditional methods. Michel is in the process of taking the reins from his father, Jean-Pierre, and has inherited a profound respect and veneration for his land, a relationship that truly guides his work, receiving an organic certification starting with this vintage. Situated in the “lieu-dit” Chevrol, the Château Vieux Chevrol vineyard lies on the Neac plateau overlooking the vineyards of Pomerol, a terroir long considered the most privileged of the appellation. The vines have an average age of 30 years, and the soil is clay mixed with gravel and iron-rich sandstone known locally as “crasse de fer”. The vineyard is planted to 80% merlot, 10% cabernet franc and 10% cabernet sauvignon, and Jean-Pierre says that the acidic clay of his area naturally gives light and fragrant wines. Harvesting is done by hand as late as possible to ensure full maturity of the grapes; they are left uncrushed and fed into the stainless-steel fermenting vats by gravity in order to retain maximum freshness. The wine is aged for 12 months in 600L casks, aged another 6 months in tank to allow for a natural clarification, then fined and bottled unfiltered. It's a touch lean for Bordeaux but has solid tannin structure with streaks of herbs and earth on top of a core of red fruit and caramel. Organically grown.

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