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Luccianus Amphore Lussac St. Emilion 2020

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 93 Points
Country:France
Region:Bordeaux
Winery:Chateau des Landes
Grape Type:Cabernet Franc
Organic:Yes
Vintage:2020
Bottle Size:750 ml
Product Description

Luccianus Amphore Lussac St. Emilion is made from 100% Cabernet Franc.

Luccianus is the name of Gallo-Roman origin designating the town of Lussac and its vineyard dating from the 4th century. This 100% Cabernet Franc is produced from the estate oldest vines of 100 years of age and is a return to ancestral aging techniques. The amphora aging gives out a very expressive wine with a superb aromatic radiance and very silky tannins all without a woody note.

The wine shows a beautiful deep purple color. The nose is complex and rich with intense notes of fruits and spices. The palate is round and powerful with silky tannins.


Review:

"Plums, berries and orange peel on the nose. It’s full-bodied and round-tannined with a lovely, juicy texture and a flavorful finish. Delicious and attractive. Made in amphora. Can age, but will intrigue now. Drink or hold."
-James Suckling 93 Points

Winery: Chateau des Landes

Chateau des Lande Estate

Château des Landes was created in 1952 by Paul Lassagne, Nicolas' grandfather. He started with only 2 hectares and grew to 7 hectares in 1979. 
His son, Daniel, came along and bought more vineyards surrounding the cellar and he managed to grow to 27 hectares in almost 20 years. 
In 2001, Nicolas, came aboard and decided to continue on the family tradition bringing his expertise and his knowledge. 
Nicolas is now in charge of the Estate and he manage 27.2 hecatres of vineyards (68 hectares). 

 

Chateau de Landes Vineyard

27.2 hectares (68 acres) of vineyard with a density of  5,500 vineplants per hecatres ( 2,217 vineplants per acre).

The average age of the vine is 30 years.
The soil is mostly a mix of Clay and limestone, while the subsoil is white clay.

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The grapes were cold macerated for 72 hours upon arrival at the winery. They underwent fermentation at 26º C in sealed cement tanks under constant thermal control, with the must pumped over daily. With the paste devatted by gravity, spontaneous malolactic fermentation took place after 45 days.
The wine was aged for 20 months in 50% medium toasted American and 50% French oak barrels. The barrel ageing not only adds tannins from the wood, but stabilizes the wine naturally. After the final racking, it was clarified in tanks with a small amount of natural egg white, decanted after 30 days and bottled directly without any type of filtration. Because this wine’s evolutionary cycle is quite slow, only corks of the highest quality available were used to ensure that it could be prolonged for several years. 


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Molasse seabed of the Miocene period covered by diluvial alpine deposits (rolled pebbles).


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