Consisting of equal parts richness and delicacy because the limestone plateau of Saint Emilion of which Pavie is located extends into Castillon where this property sits. A ringer for a classified Saint Emilion, the wine is bursting with ripe berry and cherry liqueur. Though full bodied, a real freshness delineates the notes of sage, rich tobacco, asian sweet sauce, and boysenberry preserves. Quite exotic, this is a real knockout. The elegance coming from the limestone really comes through similarly to Pavie Decesse. Drink now through 2030+.
Castillon - Côtes de Bordeaux
Saint-Magne de Castillon
Area under vine
80% merlot, 10% cabernet franc, 10% cabernet sauvignon
The Sainte Colombe plateau, the highest point in the Côtes de Castillon, is an extension of the Saint-Emilion limestone plateau, and shares the same essential characteristics. Clos Lunelles is just a few kilometers (as the crow flies) from Château Pavie.
Green harvesting, with an initial leaf thinning on the eastern side of the vines in late June and a second in mid-August on the western side.
The grapes are picked and sorted by hand, and alcoholic fermentation is triggered by indigenous yeast in temperature-controlled vats. The wine stays on the skins for 5 weeks. Malolactic fermentation in barrel.
Clos Lunelles is aged in new oak barrels for 18 to 24 months with racking avery 3 months. The final bend is made just before bottling, without fining or filtering.