Bordeaux Red: St. Julien

Rock and soil conditions on the plateau known as Pomerol are ideal for growing vines, but scarcely anything else. Where nearby the soil consists of surface limestone, this part of Lalande-de-Pomerol has gravel, pebbles of granite and flint, intermixed with wind-blown sand. Luckily at this site, the subsoil and soil are the same for a few meters into the earth. Some other vineyards have a hard limestone subsoil that the roots can’t penetrate. The vines here are able to go deep in the soil for water and are able to withstand variances in the weather that other Pomerol vines can’t.

  • Chateau Moulin de Lavaud

    This property is owned by Jean-Pierre Rivière, who also owns Château Haut-Piquat, Château Cheval Brun (with his brother) and Château Bel Air. What is significant is that Jean-Pierre just refurbished the winery with state-of-the-art temperature controlled vats, pneumatic press and other improvements that add to the improvements he has made in the vineyard over the last 5 years. This wine is the best Moulin de Lavaud we’ve tasted and it gets better every year. These are 30 plus year-old vines, with cold maceration before 15-20 days fermentation. Moulin de Lavaud is made from Merlot 75%, with the balance being split between Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon then the wine undergoes 12 months aging in barrel and vat.

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