Bordeaux Rouge François Thienpont 2011
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. The end result is wines of authenticity and great value.
Bordeaux Rouge: carefully sourced from a total of 25 hectares within the Bordeaux appellation. 25 years average vine age. Clay/ chalk soils. Machine harvest. 100% destemming. Light extraction by délestage. Short 2 week cuvaison. 7 months maturation in stainless steel and cement tanks. Microbullage on fine lees. Light filtration prior to bottling.
Carefully sourced from a total of 25 hectares within the Bordeaux appellation, with 25 years average vine age. Fragrant aromas of strawberries, raspberries, plums, nutmeg and cinnamon. With silky tannins and a balanced, fresh acidity, this is a great example of how good entry level wines can be from Bordeaux.
Grape: 95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc