Château La Tour Baladoz, Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2020

£38.00 (75cl)

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St Emilion Grand Cru is vinified at low temperatures to preserve the delicate fruit aromas, making alcoholic fermentation slow but regular. Maceration lasts for three to five weeks, giving a richly coloured wine, before the wine is racked and transferred to temperature-controlled tanks for malolactic fermentation (or the more current term malolactic “conversion”). Three to four months later, the wine is transferred to oak barrels, 50% of which are new and 50% of which have only been used for one or two years. The wine is then left to mature in barrel for 12-15 months according to the vintage before the final blending. The resulting wine is rich yet restrained, with a rewarding depth of fruit and finely tempered structure.

About the producer

Owned by the De Schepper family since the 1950s, this relatively little-known 9 hectares property lies in the commune of St-Laurentdes-Combes, just 3km southeast of St Emilion. Near neighbours include Château Troplong Mondot and the superlative Tertre Roteboeuf, and Tour Baladoz offers a wine that expresses its origins as precisely as these two famous peers. Château “Valados” first appeared in “Le Producteur” in 1841 and was included in the first edition of “Cocks and Feret” (Bordeaux and its Wines) in 1850, under the name of “Baladoz”. From 1874 to 1922, the estate was known as Château Baladoz until a tower was erected and adopted into the name. In certain parts, vines are grown at an altitude of up to ninety metres, almost the highest in the appellation, with more vines planted on the clay and limestone plateau that dominates the estate. The vines average 30 years of age, 70% are planted on the plateau and 30% on the slopes. Over the years, the De Schepper family have invested hugely in both the vineyards and the cellar, so that now the quality of the wine really does offer an authentic and high quality expression of this fine site.

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