Château Bonalgue

Bonalgue 1 Ss mill.jpg
Bonalgue 1 Ss mill.jpg

Château Bonalgue

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Orientation of the estate Eco-friendly integrated agriculture. Estate engaged in a global environmental strategy.
Surface area 9.50 hectares
Soils Gravels over sandy-clayey soils
Grape varieties 95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
Vine density 6,000 – 8,000 vines per hectare, depending on individual plots
Average age of vines 25 years old
Pruning guyot double and guyot simple
Soil management traditional by machine, plus removal of grass cover without chemicals
Green works manual deleafing, leaf-trimming depending on timing of veraison
Harvesting by hand into small crates: sorting before and after destemming on vibrating tables
Vats thermoregulated stainless steel and cement
Vinification plot by plot ; manual pumping over, punching of the cap and unballasting if necessary, maceration for around one month, pneumatic press, malolactic fermentation in barrel
Ageing 18 months in fine-grained French oak barrels (50% new, 50% one wine). 1-2 rackings depending on tasting
Annual production 35,000 bottlesOK

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