Chateau Le Puy Duc des Nauves Cotes de Bordeaux 2020
Don't miss this outstanding value from the lauded Château le Puy. One of a handful of Bordeaux producers represented by importer Neal Rosenthal, Le Puy is one of a minority of estates in the region farming biodynamically. All of the wines are worth a look, but the Duc de Nauves is a must-try. Crafted with mostly merlot, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon round out the blend. Le Puy is certified biodynamic as of the 2015 vintage. Planted to 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the vineyard is situated on the same Asterie-limestone mother rock as those of Le Puy, but at a slightly lower altitude—80 meters above sea level compared to Le Puy’s 110 meters. The topsoil is slightly sandier and less clayey here, and it is a bit deeper than at Le Puy—between 1.0 and 1.3 meters. In the cellar, Duc des Nauves is both fermented (spontaneously, of course) and aged in cement, and bottled without filtration after one year.
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