For this prestige vintage, 100% Malbec, the grapes are delicately harvested by hand on a 2.7 ha / 6.6 acre parcel overlooked by a 17th century dovecote. Le Pigeonnier, a long-aging wine, can be kept for more than 25 years, getting better all the time.
A sophisticated nose, with red berry fruit aromas and notes of vanilla and licorice.
A balanced, elegant wine, with smooth, supple tannins. Developing into woody notes that mingle with red berry fruit aromas. This wine is rounded, harmonious and hearty, with a nice aftertaste.
Le Pigeonnier takes its name from an unusual 17th-century building listed as a historical monument. This dovecote, where pigeons were kept and reared, stands on six pillars. Located at the foot of the castle, it overlooks a parcel of pure Malbec vines on third terraces from the Lot River surrounded by dry stone walls. Yields are maintained at approximately 15 to 20 hl/ha. After harvesting, the berries are meticulously sorted by expert hands. The batch is vinified in an oak tank and then matured for 28 months in new oak barriques before being bottled at the Château. The production is reserved exclusively to great vintages and limited to between 4,000 and 6,500 bottles.
Cold maceration at 9°C / 48.2°F for 4 days, then fermentation at 30°C / 86°F, followed by a long maceration (between 4 and 5 weeks) at 28°C / 82.4°F. Daily pumping over, pigeage, malolactic fermentation in new oak barriques.