Château PENIN "Les Cailloux"
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AOC Bordeaux Supérieur Red

A powerful, harmonious, rich, fleshy wine, with aromas of roasted coffee beans and
vanilla coming from the oak, which mingle well with hints of jammy red fruit.
A wine of sheer pleasure which can be enjoyed in its youth. Its charm is in its finesse,
fruit and elegance, but thanks to its rich tannic structure it can be laid down many years.

Since 1854 our exploitation is in the family,
Owned by Patrick Carteyron since 1982.

History :
Patrick Carteyron bought this plot of land in 1990. The odd vine-shoot could be seen pushing through on this wasteland, which had lain fallow for over 15 years. The situation is magnificent. Positioned around hillsides with a lovely view over the Dordogne valley facing the hill of Saint Emilion, the terroir is outstanding and the appeal was irresistible. After substantial landscaping to build up terraces, the vines were planted in 1991.

Surface area of the vineyard : 2,5 ha.
Grape varieties : Merlot 100%.

Terroir :
- The terroir alone counts for the quality and originality of this wine : a 50 cm layer of pebbles cover a clay subsoil.
- The combined effect of the river and the glacier which occupied the valley during the quaternary era made this terroir what it is today.
- The stones rolled along from eruptive rocks in the Central Massive. The glacier deposited the largest pebbles around the edges of the slopes.

Quality factors of the terroir :
- The pebbles store the heat absorbed during the day and then release it during the night. This phenomenon explains the early ripening aspect of this plot and the excellent ripening of the grapes.
- The clay subsoil ensures adequate supplies of water to the vine-roots during the summer period. It prevents the vines from suffering from too great a lack of moisture during certain very hot periods of summer.

Vine-growing :

Crop yield control :
- thinning out of the shoots in spring to avoid entangling of vegetation.
1st bunch-thinning at the beginning of July to make sure that each bunch is well ventilated.
2nd bunch thinning as the grapes begin to change colour so as to eliminate the bunches which are behind in the ripening process.

Vinification :
- Tasting the ripeness of the grapes is the only method for deciding on when to start the harvest.
- Tasting the grapes, then the wine, is the only way to determine how we will proceed with the vinification.

Ageing :
- The wines are racked into barrel at the end of October, at the end of the vinification.
- The wine stays exclusively in new, fine-grain, Allier oak barrels for 12 months.

Production : 15 000 bottles

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