Château La Prade

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Château La Prade

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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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