The château is named after Baron Christophe de Cayla. This family’s last descendant was the learned archaeologist Pierre de Cayla, who died at the château in 1831. The vineyard has been operated since 2005 by the Gonfrier brothers, keen to restore its great potential. The 20 hectares of grapevines surrounding the château are planted on ideally-exposed slopes.
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A.O.C : Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux rouge
District : Rions
Vineyard surface area : 20 hectares
Terroir : Clayey-gravelly slopes and clayey-silty plateaux
Grape varieties : 75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon
Average vine age : 20 years
Viticulture : Traditional Bordeaux-style vine training, with two canes and a flat arch. Controlled grassing-down of the vine rows or mechanical working of the soil, to improve the soils’ vitality and biodiversity. Manual “green pruning”, for a homogeneous distribution and proper aeration of the grape bunches. Mechanical grape harvesting.
Sustainable farming methods are applied to the entire vineyard, which enjoys HVE3 (“High Environmental Value”) certification.
Vinification : Destemming, crushing and vatting. Cold pre-fermentation maceration during 72 hours, to delicately extract colour and fruitiness. Fermentation and maceration in stainless-steel, temperature-controlled tanks during 20 days on average.
Ageing : 12 months in oak barrels.
Tasting notes :A well-balanced, silky wine offering the perfect harmony of woody tannins and fruit .Enjoyed while young with grilled red meats, after a few years of ageing this wine will perfectly accompany saucy dishes and more savoury cheeses.
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