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Chateau la Croix Taillefer - 'AOC' - Merlot, Cabernet Franc - Pomerol, Bourdeaux, FR - 2015

Chateau la Croix Taillefer - 'AOC' - Merlot, Cabernet Franc - Pomerol, Bourdeaux, FR - 2015

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The Pomerol is the top wine of the Château. It is from the famed appellation of Pomerol which has a sand and blue-clay soil that gives the wines both concentration and depth, but also finesse and elegance. The Château owns some of the oldest Merlot vines in the appellation, with some over 60 years old. Château La Croix Taillefer produces Merlot that changes your perception of what Merlot can be. It is fruity, fresh, but and contains a depth and purity of fruit that is really impressive. What stands out about this wine is the tension between concentration of red fruit aromas and flavors and the freshness on the palate, creating something unique, interesting, and delicious. On the clay and sandy soils of Pomerol and Lalande de Pomerol, Château La Croix Taillefer is producing some of best expressions of Merlot in Bordeaux, bursting with fruit, freshness, elegance, and energy THE CHÂTEAU Château La Croix Taillefer, owned by the Rivière family, holds 5.5 hectares (13.6 acres) of land in the famed appellation of Pomerol, including some of the oldest Merlot vineyards in the Bordeaux region. The Château also owns 13 hectares (32.1 acres) in the bordering appellation of Lalande de Pomerol under the label Château Vieux-Rivière, and 16.5 hectares (40.8 acres) in appellation of Bordeaux Supérieur under the label Château Moulin de Sud. The Rivière family has been involved in winemaking in Pomerol since the 1970s, with son Romain Rivière taking over primary winemaking duties. The vineyards consist primarily of Merlot vines with the remainder Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The ratio in Pomerol is 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. WINEMAKING Romain Rivière has been head winemaker at Château La Croix Taillefer since 1998. In 2015, he brought on an assistant winemaker in Davy Chodjai. The two focus on organic farming and organic winemaking. The wines at Château La Croix Taillefer are vinified in stainless steel vats before being transferred to oak barrels for maturation. No chemical additives are used in the wine making process. The wines are cold-soaked before Romain allows the wine to begin fermentation themselves. The winemaking team at Château La Croix Taillefer takes what nature gives them and do not try and direct the wine to a particular end result. They are not chasing points or ratings from famous reviewers. These wines are true reflections of their terroir ORGANIC FARMING In 2003 Château La Croix Taillefer began the transition to organic farming, acting as pioneers for organic farming in Pomerol and Lalande de Pomerol, earning the European Union organic certification in 2005. One château had previously attempted organic farming in Pomerol prior to Romain converting the château, but it was Château La Croix Taillefer that made organic farming stick in Pomerol and Lelande de Pomerol. No pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers are used in the vineyard. During the winemaking process, low amounts of sulfur dioxide (SO2) are used and no chemical additives are used to enhance the wine. The organic process at Château La Croix Taillefer creates wines that are bursting with freshness and deep aromatic profiles.
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