An iconic organic Bordeaux, pure fruited and surely long lived. Benchmark wine here!
Le Puy are an outstanding producer from Bordeaux, with their entire estate farmed organically. A blend of 85% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Malbec and 1% Carménère; Emilien is matured in oak barrels and casks for 24 months. This is one of the truly outstanding wines of Bordeaux, with supreme drinkability at all stages of its maturation. Black and redcurrant fruits predominate, with occasional notes of undergrowth and mushroom. Tannins are rounded, and the body medium. A must try.
Producer: Château le Puy
Region/Country: Côtes de Bordeaux, France
Grape/s: Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
Production Method: Organic and biodynamic viticulture. Fermented in older foudre before maturation in neutral Bordeaux barrels
Style: Soft and approachable yet with ample Bordelais structure
Pairing Suggestion: Versatile wine, with body to match more robust dishes
Profile: Commonly known as a famous blending partner to Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux, it is in fact the most widely planted variety in the region. On the Right Bank, in the communes of Pomerol and St-Emilion, Merlot is at home, and produces some of the world's greatest red wines. It is typically soft and plush, with moderate acidity and ripe tannins. The fruit profile is plummy and generous, and with low yields achieves great concentration. In the hands of top producers, often with a smattering of the Cabernets added, it is capable of producing wines of eminent drinkability and longevity.
Classic Regions: Bordeaux (France), Coonawarra (Australia), China