Haut Lavigne - Red 2016
72% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc
Age of Vines: 10 to 30 Years
Yields: 550 Cases
Pruning Method: Double Guyot
Soil: Clay mixed with limestone, sandy clay and silex.
Vinification Method: The grapes are hand harvested and slowly pressed. Only indigenous yeast are used and very little sulfites are added to the wine. The grapes undergo an extended pre-fermentation in addition to a long cold maceration, thus extending the length of the fruit present on the palate. The Merlot and Cabernet Franc vines are fermented separately in enamel-lined tanks. The wine is blended and then bottled unfiltered nine months later.
Tasting Note: Deep garnet in the glass with deep plum, fresh currant and blackberry on the nose. Red and black fruit dominate the vibrant palate. The wine is fruit forward and youthful it also possesses buoyant acidity and succulent tannins.
Pairing: Works well with char-grilled burgers, grilled chicken or beef, roasted vegetables, cassoulet, and dried meats with aged cheeses.
Nadia Lusseau created Château Haut Lavigne in 2002 when she took over 8.5-hectares of vineyards in the Cotes de Duras. The vineyard is made up of 4-hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, plus 4.5-hectares of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cotes de Duras is located approximately 100 kilometers from the Atlantic and benefits from the ocean air while enjoying less rain, therefore more sunshine, than appellations further to the west. Nadia’s viticultural approach results in top quality fruit and her winemaking allows for a true expression of terroir. She has been farming organically since 2005 and is working toward a certification. Nadia Lusseau represents a younger generation of women winemakers working in France whose informed approach and deft touch are yielding outstanding results.