Cuvée Léonard 2020
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House founded in 2003
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L'assemblage Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot est rarissime en rive droite, le cépage médocain ayant du mal à arriver à maturité dans le secteur. À Beynat, ces vieilles vignes remarquablement exposées y arrivent sans problème. Ce vin est déjà bon maintenant, mais gagnera à être encavé 4-5 ans avant d'y toucher. Il sera alors beaucoup plus complexe.
SUPERFICIE : 14 hectare
TERROIR : Argilo-calcaire
ENCEPAGEMENT : Merlot et Cabernet Sauvignon
AGE MOYEN DU VIGNOBLE : 50 ans
RENDEMENT : Rendement moyen : 40 hl/ha
VENDANGES ET VINIFICATION : Vendanges manuelles et mécaniques d’une sélection de vieilles vignes. Raisin trié sur table avec 3 postes de tri Vinification en baies entières avec pigeage. Cuvaison de 30 jours Elevage en fut pendant 12 mois.
What is an author wine?
This can be so diverse depending on the personality of their sire, that it is easier to define what it is not. An author wine is anything but a standard, stereotypical wine, made to please as many people as possible. It is therefore rarely produced in millions of copies, copying itself from vintage in vintage.
An author wine is therefore a wine that does not look like that of the neighbor. Which from year to year will evolve according to the vagaries of the weather and the mood of the author - the two that can be linked. Because the author does not rely on market studies to carry out his boat. He makes his wine as he feels, as he likes, as he can, sometimes ... and too bad if he does not please everyone.
This is why author wines are sometimes classified as "table wine" or "France wine". Because the winemaker did not plan the authorized grape variety*, makes the assembly or vinification recommended in the name **. He is often a bit rebellious, our author. But that is why we like it! ... That said, author's wines are not systematically marginal: they are present in most of the appellations, and can be part of the elite of these this***. Because they are not content to have personality: they are good, in addition! With in general aDegree of TorchabilityVery high: we never tire of it at the end of the first sip.
As author's wines are not chaptalized, levied, hacked ... They can have very different profiles depending on the vintage. It is up to us (resellers and consumers) to accept them as they are, and to remain faithful to the producers, because they need us to continue their activity.
*** Like those of Jean-François Ganevat in the Jura or Zind-Humbercht in Alsace