After we acquired Chateau Puynard, the 2015 wine represented a new start for the property. As our first wine, this is where we began realising the potential of the vineyards and began our journey towards sustainable viticulture. Planted with 30 year old vines on sandy-clay and clay-lime soils in the Côte de Blaye on the right bank, the purity of the fruit in this great vintage was evident at an early stage. A blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, the grapes were hand-picked on the earlier side of the harvest dates to retain the freshness in the grapes. They were then carefully vinified with a soft pumping over, macerating on the skins for 21 to 25 days and aged in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats, rather than oak, to preserve the pure fruit character. With 42,000 bottles produced, this is a fruit-forward Bordeaux red blend with a satisfying amount of weight and power, with Cabernet Sauvignon adding structure to the ripe and spicy fruit.

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