Château des Laurets
(by Edmond de Rothschild)

Bordeaux, France

Château des Laurets Puisseguin Saint-Emilion – 2006

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  • Introduction

    • The vineyard of Château des Laurets is spread over 90 hectares on two famous neighboring wine Appellations: Montagne Saint-Emilion and Puisseguin Saint-Emilion. Within this area, the 40 hectares located on Puisseguin are dedicated to the production of “Château des Laurets”. Entering the estate on the north side, opposite the garden, offers a beautiful view of the castle built around 1860, whose architectural feature is the existence of a central octagonal tower overlooking the rear.

      Baron Benjamin de Rothschild acquired this superb property in 2003, aiming to develop the Estate’s great potential. A large renovation of the cellar was undertaken in the spring of 2004 to offer modern and efficient facilities.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • The vineyards of Chateau des Laurets are planted on south-facing slopes with big rocks of limestone. This excellent clay and limestone soil gives the Saint-Emilion Merlot its distinctive taste. Particular attention is given to vineyard management in order to achieve low yields and quality grapes at optimum ripeness.

    • Appellation: Puisseguin Saint-Émilion
    • Size: 40 hectares (36 hectares for the main wine)
    • Vine Age: 25 years
    • Soil: Limestone and clay
    • Density: 5,500 vines/ha
    • Training: Natural grass cover, double Guyot
  • Vintage Report

    • Harvest Date(s): From September 26th
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: Cold maceration, winemaking in wooden vats and stainless steel tanks. Automatic temperature control system. Micro oxygenation in tank. Malolactic fermentation in new French oak barrels.
    • Aging: 14 months, 30% in new barrels, 30% in second fill barrels and 40% in vats.
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 80% Merlot; 20% Cabernet Franc
    • Alcohol: 14%
    • Optimum Drinking: 10-15 years
  • Tasting Notes

    • The wine’s color is deep and ruby-red. Showing tremendous balance and freshness, the nose displays intense aromatic complexity with spicy nuances followed by hints of vanilla and red fruit (morello cherry). The wine reveals subtle, well-integrated oak on the palate, along with exquisite elegance and great length with refined tannin. The black fruit flavours are remarkably fresh.