Since 1997, the Vignobles Gonfrier have developed their “vinifying wine merchant” activity. This amounts to purchasing grapes from some forty partner winegrowers, in accordance with our production specifications and overseen by our technical staff.The resulting wines are vinified and aged by our own oenologists at our Chais de Rions site.“Comte de Lourmel” pays homage to Général de Lourmel who served in the army of Napoleon III. He won fame notably in Algeria and Crimea , where he died during combat in 1854. Up until 1962, the Gonfrier family lived in an Algerian village named after the general as a tribute to his bravery.
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A.O.C. : Bordeaux rouge
Vineyard surface area : 150 hectares
Terroir : Clayey-limestone slopes and gravelly plateau of the Entre-deux-Mers region
Grape varieties : 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc
Average vine age : 20 years
Viticulture : The grapes are grown on partner properties, where we participate in caring for the vines and overseeing the vineyards’ health all year long.
Vinification : The plots are harvested according to our instructions, following grape tastings and ripeness tests. The harvested grapes are destemmed, crushed and vatted. We carry out a cold pre-fermentation maceration during a few days, to favour the extraction of colour and fruitiness. The fermentations are then carried out over several weeks at controlled temperatures.
Ageing : During 6 months in American-oak barrels and 6 months in tanks.
Tasting notes : A lovely garnet red in colour. The nose evokes red berries and black fruit , with subtle toasted notes. The attack is supple, with a round mouthfeel and mellow tannins. This modern Bordeaux can accompany a great variety of dishes thanks to its fruitiness and suppleness.