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CHATEAU LE BRUILLEAU
PESSAC-LEOGNAN Rouge (Red)

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Ownership & history:

This estate has been in the same family for four generations and is now run by the husband-and-wife team of Serge and Nadine Bédicheau. The vineyard is situated in the south-east of the Pessac-Léogan appellation, next door to Château Latour-Martillac and near to the banks of the Garonne.

Vineyard & location:

The vineyard is relatively small, with 7.45 hectares dedicated to red grapes and 2.10 to white. The vines are on average 19 years old and the soil is a mix of gravel, clay and chalk.

Harvest, vinification & ageing:

There is de-leafing and a green harvest in the vineyard and the grapes are picked by hand. Cold maceration takes place prior to fermenatation for 4 to 5 days and there is a long vatting period (approximately 4 weeks for the Merlot and 3 for the Cabernet Sauvignon). The wine is aged in French oak barrels from a variety of different cooperages for a period of 12 months, with 25% of the barrels being renewed each year.

Tasting:

Bruilleau's red is characterised by a fruity bouquet, with more fruit in the mouth and notes of toasted almonds. It is a full-bodied wine that accompanies game particularly well.

Vintage :

2012

Blend:

55% Merlot
45% Cabernet Sauvignon

Cellaring potential:

10 years