This is a vibrant wine with flavours of fresh black cherry, blackcurrant, cedar and tobacco. Aged in oak the wine is structured with fine tannins and good length.
CLOS PUY ARNAUD is the vineyard of Thierry Valette of the famous St Emilion family who were the previous co-owners of Château Pavie and Troplong Mondot. It is on the limestone hills that made up part of the original Saint-Emilion appellation before it was divided in the 1950’s. Thee labels carry an elm tree and a star. The star symbolizes the limestone which contains countless Asteriacites fossils (asteroid sea stars). The limestone bring a lot of finesse, freshness and minerality and allow a bouquet of floral, spice and truffle to develop gradually during the first 10 years of bottle.
The elm tree is a drawing of the living symbol of the biodynamic methods used to produce the wine. It is an old elm tree on the estate which has thrived for 200 years without disease which is actually a very rare feat for an elm tree these days.
The grapes are grown on 11 ha and treated biodynamically with herbal preparations and no synthetic chemicals.
Clos Puy Arnaud’s Elm Tree
|Grape Variety||Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Producer||Clos Puy Arnaud|
|Appellation||Castillon Cote de Bordeaux|
This wine from the Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux is a blend of 80% merlot and 20% cabernet franc and reminds of a good cru bourgeois. It has aromatics of blackcurrant, cedar and with time in the glass, plums, chocolate and tobacco. These flavours carry through to the palate which is structured in impression, with fine grained tannins and good length on the finish. Built to last, this is a very good right bank Bordeaux blend.
Rated Good to Very Good by Sean Mitchell, www.grapeobserver.com, July 2014