2011 Château Le Priolat
Red • Bordeaux • Francs-Côtes de Bordeaux • France • 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc • 88/100 James Suckling, 1* Guide Hachette
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2011 Chateau Le Priolat, Bordeaux, France, Bordeaux
It is their love for old stones that got Belgians Viviane and André Vossen interested in Ad Francos Castle which was totally abandoned. Considering to revive this huge castle was a real challenge because everything needed to be redone.
Restoring the building and making it a place to live, became their goal, while ensuring the respect for the glorious past of the Castle.
The appellation is Côtes de Francs, Bordeaux. The area consists of 6 hectares with a clay and limestone soil. The grapes are made up of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc with a planting density of 5000 plants / ha, and the yield is 40 to 45 hl / ha. The average age of the vines is 25 years.
Some characteristics of the harvest are stripping, green harvesting, handpicking and double sorting. The fermentation is done in thermo regulated stainless steel vats. The ageing takes 12 months in oak barrels. Their consulting oenologist is Michel Rolland. The domain produces 29.000 bottles.