Côtes de Castillon ‘La Violette’ François Thienpont 2010
François Thienpont, Bordeaux
The Thienpont heritage is impressive: Châteaux Vieux Château Certan and Le Pin in Pomerol; Châteaux Puygueraud, Lauriol and Les Charmes Godard in the Côtes de Bordeaux. In 2001, François Thienpont set out to create a family of wines that expressed the truth of the terroir and ‘Terra Burdigala’ was born. Wines were to be produced with absolute respect for the soil and the environment. From vine to bottling, all aspects of the creation of each wine were to be fully within the control of François and his team. Each wine hails from meticulously selected vineyards and each parcel of vines is tended individually. Natural yeasts are welcome; chemical fertilisers are banned.
Côtes de Castillon ‘La Violette’: strictly selected old vine fruit (57 years of age) from a small 2 hectare parcel in the commune of St Genès de Castillon. Clay/ chalk soils. Manual harvest. Careful sorting of fruit. 100% destemming. Vinification plot-by-plot, variety by variety. 30 day cuvaison. Rémontage and délestage to ensure gentle extraction. Fermentation at 28-30°C. Maturation in 100% in French oak for 12 months. Light filtration.
Complex and intensely aromatic, it is characterised by the delicate note of violets on the nose and the palate.
Grapes: 92% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc