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Château Mazeyres is a beautiful and lush estate located in Libourne in the appellation of Pomerol. The estate has a long history of winemaking, dating back from the 13th century. It has been certified organic since 2015 and is in conversion to biodynamy.
The estate's south-west facing terraces are a mix of soils: gravel and clay in the west, clay and sand in the south, and gravel, sand and clay in the east, with subsoils of iron-rich clay. Originating from the Pleistocene Age with the erosion of the Pyrénées and the Massif Central, this splendid terroir is reflected in Château Mazeyres' gorgeous wines.
Alain Moueix, who also oversees Château Fonroque in Saint-Émilion, started managing the estate in 1992. Coming from a family of four generations of wine growers, Alain offers a superb "savoir-faire". A believer in biodynamic farming, minimal human intervention in the vineyard and in the cellar, and no added chemicals, except for a little amount of sulfur, Alain strives to find the pure balance in his wines.
The estate has 30-year-old plantings of mostly Merlot (73.1%), Cabernet Franc (24.3%) and Petit Verdot (2.6%). However, planting at Château Mazeyres is changing in response to the warming of the climate. To that end, the estate has increased its portions of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot (in the Château Mazeyres Cuvée) to keep the renowned vivacity of their wines.
Harvest usually occurs at the end of August, but Alain makes sure to walk through the vineyards, tasting the grapes and noticing the various signs of the vintage to pick at the right time. As Alain expresses, “This is the time when the painter chooses the colors and starts painting the canvas.” As clearly shown throughout his website, Alain is undeniably an artist in his way of thinking.
With respect to his winemaking, Alain’s philosophy continues to offer a mix of artistry and techniques. A quote from his website examplifies Alain’s belief in letting the wine speak for itself, in harmony with the terroir and its vintage - “Let the wine come to us and experience its poetical delivery.” With careful use of oak and low human intervention, the wines display a vibrant structure. A true artist of Pomerol, Alain delivers beauty and balance in the glass. Caroline Coursant
This biodynamically farmed wine is mostly Merlot (87%) with Cabernet Franc (13%). Showing off the terroir of gravelly and sandy clay soils, the wine is luscious and fresh with an energy unique to Pomerol. New oak is used but not in excess and sulfur is minimally added.
Château Fonroque is a superb certified biodynamic and organic estate in the Saint-Émilion appelation. Owned by the Moueix family since 1931, the estate is a proponent of traditional winemaking techniques with hand harvesting, spontaneous yeast fermentation, and limited use of new oak. An elegant Bordeaux with precise minerality, the wine is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc from 35-year-old vines, planted on limestone soils with some portions of clay on the hillside of the vineyard. The wine is fermented with native yeast in concrete vats and then aged in oak (with a small portion of new oak). The resulting wine is fantastic showing the impressive savoir-faire of Alain Moueix. The bouquet is complex with notes of juicy plum, cassis, crunchy black raspberry, tobacco leaves, hibiscus, baking spices, and leather, with some purple floral and savory undertones. Showing great energy and tension on the palate, the wine displays a beautiful calcareous minerality, bright acidity and soft tannins. To enjoy now with roasted beef, duck breast or full-flavored cheese, or age it for several years (7 years or more). Caroline Coursant