Pierre-Yves Joannon

Chateau Haut Valeyrac, Medoc 2016

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Scents of black cherries and licorice along flintstone. herbal/floral flavors of graphite, violets and tobacco. Soft and round with a wood touch. Balanced medium plus bodied. Consistent tannins that evolves greatly with time and aeration. A fantastic experience. Only Celerier's Cellar sells this wine in the USA.

Rouquet parcelle 1968-70
Certified HVE. Replant new vines Cabernet Sauvignon every year by hand. Heavily focused on biodiversity : re introduction of bee hives, bats, wild plants to attract wild life that help prevents deseases. Sustainable agriculture. Plowing done by hand, hand and mechanical pruning and harvests.
10% full cluster, 90% destemmed. Vertical press. Juices are separated by grape varietals and terroirs and put in Stainless steel vats next to concrete tanks. Strict monitoring of temperature for Alcoholic fermentation. Once must reaches 26°, transfer 1/4 of the vats into concrete tank to cool down with natural inertie of concrete. When down to 19°, blended again back into the stainless steel vats to maintain perfect conditions for yeast to have a stress free environment. Then, settling and pressing. Separate free run wine and press wine. Press wine is discarded to distillerie (vertical press bring more contaminating element and increase volatil). For malolactic fermentation, uses immersion cooler/heater device at 19/20 °. When malolactic is over, wine is aged in white wine barrels for over 12 months.
Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon 80%, Merlot 20%
840 cases
In 2016, Pierre Yves first millesime with a lot of rain . Very good indian summer, soft and silver wine. No rain gives a lot of maturity to the grappes and he was able to wait a long time. Ideal vintage to work with cabernet sauvignon. Cold 2016 rain so no probleme with mildiou. 14 October to have optimal best maturity. acidity and alcohol very good.
Left bank, Bordeaux, France
Hilltop and outcrop of sandy gravels and fine rubble rock, over an iron pan and iron pigmented clay limestone, on top of a bedrock af gravels and rocks.

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