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Clos Puy Arnaud has a history of winemaking dating back to the 1800's, but its purchase by Thierry Valette in 2000 marks a definitive shift for the winery that put it on the map. The... Read More
Clos Puy Arnaud has a history of winemaking dating back to the 1800's, but its purchase by Thierry Valette in 2000 marks a definitive shift for the winery that put it on the map. The name Valette might sound familiar to you, Thierry used to be joint owner of the famous Chateau Pavie before he sold it in the early 2000's, so making high quality, first growth Bordeaux was already second nature. Thierry also envisioned something different for his new winery. He wanted his wines to have a unique character and personality, and decided this is only done with major changes starting in the vineyard. So he started working with famous biodynamic and organic vineyard expert Stéphane Derenoncourt, before eventually joining forces with Anne Calderoni, who took the estate 100% certified biodynamic in 2008. Based in the Cotes des Castillon, Puy Arnaud boasts some of the best terroir in the region. Soils are composed of mainly limestone and clay, but they are located on the top of the Castillon plateau and the limestone there is unique. It is known as asteries, which is the hardest type of limestone found in nature.