Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux
Château La Brande
67% Merlot – 22% Cabernet Franc – 8% Cabernet Sauvignon – 3% Petit Verdot
AGE OF THE VINEYARD
Average of 35 years
5000 to 5 500 vines per hectare
OUR VINE-GROWING PHILOSOPHY
Trough short pruning, prudent debudding, careful trellising, leaf thinning.
We do not use any chemicals: No synthetic insecticides or fungicides, No weed-killer. We alternate grass cover and tillage between rows. We help the vine to develop its natural defenses by applying herbal preparations.
The entire vineyard is run according to the principles of environmentally friendly viticulture under the « Cousinié Method ». In conversion to organic viticulture.
OUR WINEMAKING PHILOSOPHY
Harvest at optimum maturity, Plot by plot vinification.
Our new cellar in stainless steel vat house combines modernity, excellent hygiene and precise temperature control, for a natural fermentation. Most of grapes are destemmed and crushed. The only intervention consists of extractions undertaken delicately to respect the fruit and the softness of the tannins. We perform a minimalist and generally non-interventionist vinification,
Limiting oenogical additives and minimizing Sulphur dosages (30 to 70mg/l).
Aged 10 to 12 months in French-Oak Barrels of 225 and 400 liters
BOTTLING AT THE CHATEAU
16 to 18 months after the harvest
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