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2015 Chateau Le Puy 'emilien'Blend from France


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"Just east of Pomerol and St.-Émilion, sits Château le Puy, where the Amoreau family has grown grapes for more than 400 years...the French have a term, "digestibilité", begins ...

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"You have got to get hold of this brilliant value wine. Really, it has the most beautifully plump ripe fruit, practically bursting out of the glass but with excellent tension and balance. Utterly delicious, and my pick over the also excellent 2016. A low 30hl/ha yield in a relatively dry year - 593mm of rain overall at this spot, which is particularly low for Bordeaux. As with almost every vintage here, the blend is around 85% Merlot, with the rest a mix of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Carmenere." -Jane Anson

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"Just east of Pomerol and St.-Émilion, sits Château le Puy, where the Amoreau family has grown grapes for more than 400 years...the French have a term, "digestibilité", begins with deliciousness, but it also indicates wines that are easy to drink without weighing heavily in the gut. It’s an immediate, unmediated pleasure that nonetheless may be complex and contemplative. Enter Chateau Le Puy, an estate that produces superb Bordeaux that epitomizes the notion of digestibilité. As with the best Bordeaux wines, those of Le Puy are marked by purity, precision, lightness and drinkability that encourages taking another sip. They also have an intensity of flavor despite their grace, a combination more often associated with that other great region in the east of France." -Eric Asimov, The New York Times, June 2017

"Emilien is the most important cuvée of the domaine in terms of volume, and is composed of 85% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Carmenère. It spends a year in 50hl foudres before a year in 228L barrel. Its approach is silky from the fine tannins and it bears a color of garnet red with a hint of ruby, a seductive wine of great elegance. Certified organic.

Our first encounter with the 2015 “Emilien” was back in the autumn of 2016, a sample drawn from a well- weathered 50-hectoliter foudre—the kind of vessel in which each vintage spends its first full year of elevage. Even in its incomplete state, the 2015 was totally ravishing, and the two times we’ve checked in on it post-bottling have more than confirmed our initial impression of its greatness. After a string of fairly challenging vintages in the region, the impulse to really lean into the fabulously healthy raw material of a harvest like 2015 was understandable, and sure enough there will be plenty of heavily extracted, color-saturated, monolithic 2015 red Bordeaux floating around the marketplace. Emilien is not one of them, as the Amoreaus treated the harvest’s beautiful fruits as they always do, allowing nature’s generosity to speak unencumbered. Aromatically, the 2015 Emilien rises from the glass in commanding, stately fashion, neither overly exuberant nor garishly fruit-forward, yet deep and inviting and truly dazzling. It’s a nose that cannot be faked—a nose of breed and lift that belies its makers’ complete trust in the health of their fruit and the natural processes that, without coercion or sculpting, transform it into wine. Bordeaux these days has too few such aromatic encounters. On the palate, the ample fruit of the vintage speaks in a rich James Earl Jones baritone, authoritative but controlled, and clear as a bell. It unfolds in waves, held in form by the glistening acidity that characterizes Le Puy in every vintage even as it reveals its myriad nuances of flavor and inner-mouth perfume. From palate to swallow to finish, it is so totally seamless as to almost defy belief, and one cannot imagine any way in which it could be further perfected. 85% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Carmenere.

The estate is situated on the same plateau as Saint Emilion and Pomerol and sits on the second highest point in the Gironde at 110 meters above sea level (approximately 350 feet). The soil type varies but is principally a mix of clay, silex and limestone, with very high acidity levels. The average age of the vines is 50 years and no synthetic treatments have ever been used at the estate, which is certified biodynamic.

Harvest is manual, the grapes are entirely destemmed and the cuvaison is long, continuing for two to four weeks. Only indigenous yeast is utilized, no chapitalisation is done nor is SO2 used during the fermentation. The “elevage” of the Le Puy wines is done according to the lunar rhythm. The two essential red cuvées of the estate, “Emilien” and “Barthelemy” are raised in barrel for 24 months. The wines are neither fined nor filtered before bottling. Jean-Pierre Amoreau and his son, Pascal, oversee the vineyards and vinification."-Importer

Product Detail

Item # 106781
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-Region Cotes de Francs

94 - Decanter

Vintage 2015
Color Red
ABV 13.0%
Varietal(s) Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere
Size 750mL
Closure Cork
Features Organic and Biodynamic
Taste currant, black cherry, plum, bell pepper, olive, oak, smoke, toast, tar, blackberry, cherry, asparagus, spice, ginger, vanilla, mocha, herb, game, strawberry and raspberry
Nose violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, mocha, herb, game, strawberry and raspberry