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Clos Puy Arnaud Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux 2011


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Comprised of mostly Merlot and Cabernet Franc with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon blended in, these wines are balanced, mineral driven Bordeaux's with a medium body. The 2011 shows dark berries, plums, smoke, tobacco, and violets that lead into a firm tannic structure with a long and complex finish.

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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 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.

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"This gentle, fruity wine is softly textured and already drinkable. Ripe berry fruits show well, with a juicy acidity that adds to the richness of this open, friendly wine." -Roger Voss


  • Grape Variety

    Cabernet Franc , Cabernet Sauvignon , Merlot , Red Blend

  • Vintage


  • Size


  • Farming Practice


  • Style

    Earthy , Fruity , Rich

  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Full Bodied