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Château la Conseillante

Château la Conseillante


Owner: SC des Héritiers Nicolas

Managing Directors: Dr Bertrand Nicolas and Jean-Valmy Nicolas

Estate Manager: Marielle Cazaux

Consultant: Michel Rolland

The Vineyard

Soil composition: 60% grey clay and 40% sandy gravel, resting on red (iron) clay

Grape types: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc

Pruning: Double and simple guyot

Planting density: 7,000 vines per hectare on average

Yield: 3,500 to 4,000 litres per hectare

Average age of vines: 35 years

The Wine

Harvesting: At optimal phenolic ripeness, by hand, in small capacity, open trays

Sorting: By hand and machine on 4 tables

Winemaking process: Pre-fermentary cold-maceration for 3 to 5 days, vatted for 14 to 28 days

Vats: 22 epoxy-coated concrete tanks, fully temperature controlled

Selection: Vertical wine press and separate ageing of press wines

The Ageing

Ageing: 550 to 80% in new, French oak, barrels, from a number of carefully selected coopers

Average length: 18 months

Racking: Racking using air pressure every 3 months

Fining: 2 to 3 fresh egg whites per barrel