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Château Puynard Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux '18
This small winery is also the family home of Irish expats and former London wine retailers Andrew Eakin and Naomi Murtagh, established in 2016 in Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux. Puynard consists of 16 hectares of contiguous, naturally farmed vineyards on a gentle slope surrounding the 18th-century château. The Puynard team uses their experience with natural and regenerative farming practices to produce new and surprising styles of ultra-delicious wines that break the mold and historic preconceptions of conventional Bordeaux.
From the start, Andrew and Naomi used organic farming principles, and they received organic certification by Ecocert in 2020. The previous owners had ceased all use of chemicals in the vineyard 10 years prior to Andrew and Naomi’s arrival. Located near the village of Berson on the right bank of the Gironde river, the property’s vineyards are planted in two different soil types: sandy-clay on the plateau and clay-limestone on the hillside. They use regenerative cover crops between rows to encourage rich, living soil and a diverse animal life in the vineyard.
The heart of Château Puynard’s production is centered around the “Tradition” cuvée, made from Merlot parcels throughout the estate, with an average vine age of more than 45 years. After harvest, the grapes are entirely destemmed and crushed. The must is spontaneously fermented with native yeasts in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and cement casks. The wine is then aged for 14 months in stainless steel tanks and concrete vats to preserve the purity of the fruit and achieve maximum freshness. “Tradition” offers immediate drinkability and food-friendliness, making it an excellent red for any occasion.
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