Maison aux Lorettes - Pour Amélie, Sans Sulfites, Blaye-Côtes de Bordeaux (2019)
Not your typical Bordeaux...this is a modern, fruit-forward and fresh Merlot from the Blaye-Côtes de Bordeaux region. Farmed biodynamically and made without any added sulphites. Notes of cooked blue and black fruit, particularly macerated black cherries with spice and cigar box, leather and savouriness. The tannins are fine and supple with a lengthy finish.
Maison aux Lorettes is an estate situated in the sun-soaked rolling hills on the north side of the Gironde estuary. The estate itself is surrounded by agricultural and woodland creating a biodiverse environment. Though the sun is strong, proximity to the estuary moderates temperatures in the afternoons and overnight, preserving acidity and freshness in the grapes. Fog created by the temperature changes shorten the sunlight hours, contributing to balance. The result is a micro-climate that is perhaps not suited for traditional full-bodied and powerful Bordeaux wines but is perfect for the delicate, fresh and hands-off style of this artisanal chateau. The estate has embraced Biodynamic farming and the extremely sparing use of sulphites. They use very small amounts of new-oak, often opting for stainless steel or concrete fermentation vessels instead. The resulting wines are better described by terms like ‘juicy’ and ‘crunchy’ and have a contemporary appeal for those fans of the Loire and Beaujolais.