Bordeaux Blend, Chateau Le Coteau, Margaux, France, 2010

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Varietal/Blend: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
Farming: Practicing organic, no chemical herbicides and manual tilling of soils

Fermentation: Stainless steel ferment always under 28oC Aging: 12-16 months in oak, one third new
Alcohol: 13%
Soil: Garonne gravel and clay

Vine Age: 30 years
Yeast: natural
Fined: egg white
Filtered: no
Production #s: 5,000 cases

Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub Region: AOC Margaux Vineyard: Chateau Le Coteau Vineyard Size: 11.6ha

Chateau le Coteau is one of the few remaining family owned properties in Margaux. “In his village,” says Patrick Burke, our French Portfolio Director, “there used to be 20 small producers. Now there are eight. Over the years, the larger Chateaux in the area have been swallowing up the small family producers.”

With 11.6ha under vine, the organically farmed parcels at the Chateau are neighbors to the finer sites of Rauzan Segla, Giscours, Du Tertre and Issan. All harvesting is done by hand, by the same team of people who return each year.

The owner and vintner Eric Leglise is passionate about the extraordinary biodiversity found in his vineyards, and for years, has maintained a photo journal cataloging all the various insects he comes across.

“He doesn’t need an export market,” added Patrick, “it’s a matter of carving our a 50 case market.”