Standing on the highest point of the Entre-Deux-Mers region, the Château was built in the 11th century and has dominated the Bordeaux vineyards for over a thousand years. With a rich and exciting history, it was notably a high place of resistance during the Gascony revolt in the fall of 1253. In 1426 by royal decision of Henri VI, king of France and England, the viscounty was officially erected in Benauge county. The castle of Benauge is registered as a Historic Monument since 1995.
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A.O.C. : Bordeaux Supérieur rouge
Disrict : Arbis
Vineyard surface area : 10 hectares
Terroir : Clayey-gravelly slopes with a southern exposure
Grape varieties : 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Average vine age : 25 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 grapeharvesting.
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 15 days on average, for controlled extraction.
Ageing : In French oak barrels for 8 months.
Tasting notes :The red color has light purple reflections. The nose is complex and elegant with aromas of ripe red fruits compote with spicy notes. The mouth is smooth and balanced. The tannins reinforce the charming character of this wine. It will perfectly match with cold meats and red meats.
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