Haut-Médoc 2016 — Red Blend
A Wine That
tells you, "Hey - Bordeaux can be elegant, too." There are no rough tannins or big oak flavours here—instead this is a wine of subtlety. It's elegant and oh-so drinkable: it's a Bordeaux you can even have at lunchtime with its fresh blackcurrant juiciness. Made by two of the most talented women winemakers of Bordeaux, it's also a wine of sisterhood. In a world that's dominated by men in Châteaux, choose the wine made in a garage by women instead.
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- Winemaker: Closeries des Moussis
Where and How?
This is Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot tended biodynamically by Laurence, Pascale and their horse. The one-hectare vineyard is situated on the sandy gravel of Sénéjac.
The wine fermented naturally and maceration was very gentle, only with occasional pigeage, so very little extraction. It was aged in mailnly old oak barrels with 10% new. Most of the barrels are larger in size than the average Bordeaux barrels, so the wines are fresher in style. The wine was bottled unfined, unfiltered and with low sulphur.
This duo proves that you can make fine Bordeaux, skin contact whites, pét-nat and piquette all under the same roof. When you think of Bordeaux, it’s likely you think of two things in particular: Châteaux, and garage winemakers. The latter is the term used to describe the smaller winemakers who emerged particularly on the right bank in the 90s, or earlier in the case of Le Pin. These wines, however, quickly rose to iconic status and the garage terminology actually turned out to be a paradox: this was something far more glamorous and the wines have reached dizzying prices. However, there do exist *actual* garagiste winemakers: winemakers who do everything themselves - from farming, to winemaking, to bottling - in actual garages.
One of the first couples to work in this manner in the region was Michel and Stéphanie Theron. They were leased an incredibly rare parcel of ancient vines by a kind neighbour who believed in their artisanal values and future as vignerons. Today, they believe it is important to pass it on, to allow other winemakers who don’t come from Château families to begin working in the region. On meeting Laurence and Pascale, they decided it was time to part ways with the beloved parcel and to pass on the lease to this young couple, to allow them to launch their dreams. Over the past decade, the duo has been able to find more parcels to work with, all of which they tend by hand with biodynamic preparations they make themselves at their cellar. All vineyard work is carried out by their plough horse, Jumpa, not tractor, meaning the soils are looked after as gently as possible. The wines are made naturally, with only the smallest touch of SO2.