Pirouette 2019, Château les Vieux Moulins (Bordeaux, France)
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Grapes:Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon Region: Bordeaux, France Style: Red ABV: 13.5% Method: Organic Any added sulphites: Minimal Filtered: Yes Size: 75cl
Youthful, dark and bright, purple colour; clean nose of ripe dark berries; the palate is medium bodied, dry with high acidity and notes of freshly crushed berries; attractive and straightforward with light finish.
All grapes are fastidiously sorted and vinified by each individual each plot with native yeasts. The Pirouette (a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon) is fermented in a mix of stainless steel and cement, then placed in cement vats for eight months in order to preserve the intensity of the fruit, and it is bottled the year following the harvest. The wine pours a deep ruby with aromas of ripe blackcurrants and blueberries. On the palate the wine is concentrated but soft, with an appealing delicacy balanced by suave tannins. The finish is long and subtle.
Damien Lorteau returned home to his parent's estate in 2010; after a worldwide adventure discovering the idiosyncrasies of winemaking regions- one harvest at a time. Work began closer to home in Burgundy and the Rhône; before taking him further afield to Spain, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand the US. A return to winemaking in Bordeaux wasn't always on the cards for Damien despite spending a childhood in the vines; but as he travelled further, the passions of the growers he met fuelled an urge in him to make his way home and breathe new life into their small pocket of the right-bank. The 20 hectare estate is a marriage of two distinct parcels of vines, originally owned individually by his maternal and paternal grandfathers. His parents joined the plots into one estate in 1997 following the retirement of their fathers; and helmed the operation together for 20 years. Damien's first step in 2010 was to convince his parents to begin organic conversion on the property. He considers himself incredibly lucky that they afforded him the opportunity to change the processes. Bordeaux has been considerably slower on the uptake in the move towards organic agriculture and low-intervention practices; growers like Damien are still outliers in the region.