2016 LA FLEUR GARDEROSE BORDEAUX, FRANCE. 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc.

(Low sulfur) Made by the Pueyo family in Saint-Emilion (Belregard Figeac), in collaboration with importer Neal Rosenthal. This comes from 3 hectares of vineyards outside of St.-Emilion in Julliac and is a selection of the best vats from the Pueyo cellar. Natural fermentation in cement is followed by aging in a combination of barrel sizes (foudre and demi-muid) for approximately 12 months before being bottled without filtration and very little sulfur added– typically about 6 grams. Look for warm earthy fruit on the nose followed by fresh fruit on the palate with layers of aromas and flavors that emerge with air. Only a small amount is produced and available in the US.

About: Belregard Figeac, always an excellent source of honest and classic right-bank Bordeaux, shows significant improvements since Jacques Pueyo’s son, Christophe, joined the family business in 2010. As is often done with the new generation, Christophe began making changes at the domaine, converting their vineyards to organic viniculture and making some dramatic changes to the elevage. Since 2012, Christophe has begun to replace the small barrique in the cellar with neutral demi-muid and foudres, which he buys from the Austrian cooperage Stockinger. Christophe has also instilled a gentler and more natural approach than was the norm with his father and uncle. The results of these changes have been crystal-clear during our recent tastings. Today the wines exhibit a purity of fruit and vibrant energy that was not present in the past. Seeing these positive changes, we have found it easy to expand our work with this family. (Importer)
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