LCBO Vintages Release
Overlooking the Dordogne valley in a village three kilometres east of Saint-Émilion, this bucolic vineyard is planted on a clay-limestone slope that exposes the northern and eastern parcels to the perfect amount of morning sunshine. Château Puy-Blanquet was already known as one of the best Saint-Émilion Grand Crus as early as the 19th century, and was awarded a part of the collective gold medal bestowed upon a selection of Saint-Émilion chateaux at the Paris Exposition of 1889.
Today the vineyard is owned by the Jacquet family and managed by Pierre Meunier, who was trained by Ets. Jean-Pierre Moueix, with a real respect for tradition and quality. Soils are ploughed in order to ensure deeper root systems; green harvest, leaf-cropping, and harvests are done by hand. Thermo-regulated concrete tanks ensure well-controlled fermentations.The wines are aged mostly in vat, while 20% of the wine is aged in 10% new French, oak barrels for between 12 to 14 months prior to bottling.
The wines are fresh and generous with notes of plums and tobacco with a supple yet structured palate, and a delightful minerality on the finish. These are wines that can be enjoyed after just a two or three years of cellaring but will also improve with age.