Château La Prade


Château La Prade


Originally owned by Patrick Valette, Château La Prade was bought by Nicolas Thienpont in 2000. Situated in the commune of Saint Cibard, the vines are planted partly on a limestone plateau and partly on clay/limestone slopes and it is the complexity of these terroirs that gives the wine its subtlety and elegance.

Appellation contrôlée BORDEAUX COTES DE FRANCS
Area 4,3 ha
Varieties planted 90% Merlot 10% Cabernet Franc
Density 5500 vines / ha
Soils Partly clay-limestone on limestone rock and on the slope, silt-clay-limestone
Average age of vines 40 yrs old
Vineyard management Traditional soil management: light ploughing and aeration of the soil with inter-row planting of cereals in the winter. Continuous programme of renewal of the vines: grubbing-up, replantation, co-plantation. Steady process of change to « natural » management of the vineyard. Numerous manual interventions: de-budding; leaf-thinning; green harvest. Owner: Nicolas Thienpont  

Tanks Cement
Length of aging 12 –16 months in barrel
Barrels 60% new, 40% 1 yr old

Other specifics No crushing – grapes fermented whole. Temperature controlled tanks. Lees stirring after completion of malolactic fermentation Micro-oxygenation if necessary

Reductive aging on lees 1st racking after 6 to 10 months (before the summer), 2nd racking 1 year later before bottling. 

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