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Duc d' Arnauton Graves Blanc 2014

ID No: 442823
Country:France
Region:Bordeaux
Grape Types:Semillion
Sauvignon Blanc
Winery:Duc d'Arnauton
Organic:Yes
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Product Description

Duc d' Arnauton Graves Blanc 2014 is made from 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 50% Sémillon. 
Vinification: Skin contact maceration for Semillon; juice selection made from 1st and 2nd pressings, then settling at low temperature. Temperature controlled fermentation (20°C maximum) in stainless steel vats.
Aging on the lees in stainless steel vats for 3 months.

Harmonious nose, citrus fruits and soft spices; supple and rich in the mouth, fleshy and well-balanced.

Winery: Duc d'Arnauton

The Chateau Duc d'Arnauton Estate
Patrick Bernard has a 30 year experience in winemaking, working for/with his family. In 2001 he and his wife Sabine and two daughters created their own business in Landiras in the Bordeaux Region.
The property dates back to the 19th century (it formerly welcomed pilgrims on the route to Santiago de Compostela). The wines are produced using traditional methods, matured in oak barrels for the most part and bottled at the property.

The Chateau Duc d'Arnauton Vineyard
The estate spreads over 13 hectares (32 acres) and three villages:
      • Landiras,
      • Fargues de Langon
      • Pujols sur Ciron.

The vineyard is planted with:
     • 8 hectares (19.8 acres) of red grapes (Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon),
     • 5 hectares (12.3 acres) of white grapes (Semillon, Sauvignon and Muscadelle), of which just over 1 ha is dedicated to the production of Sauternes.

The vineyard is farmed under the culture raisonnee method.

The soil is a mixture of gravel, limestone and sand. The method of pruning used here is double cordon, which makes it easier to control the yields. The 15-year-old vines are harvested by hand. The wine matures in stainless steel tanks and the Graves rouge is aged in oak barrels for 8 months.

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