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Château Tour Bayard

Montagne-St.-Émilion

Château Tour Bayard is a recent addition to the Milhade portfolio, coming into the family through marriage.  This 10 HA (25 acre) property has been run by the Richard family since 1956, and is now regarded as one of the top estates in the appellation. The soils here are a mix of clay and limestone marl, and the vineyard is planted in a beautifully situated natural amphitheater with an ideal southerly exposure. Merlot is the predominant variety, accounting for 80% of the vignoble, complemented by Cabernet Franc and Malbec; the vines are about 40 years old on average.  The Richard family works the soils organically, eschewing pesticides and other chemical treatments (although they have not sought certification).  A green harvest is performed each summer, and the grapes are entirely hand-harvested. At harvest, the grapes are 100% destemmed and crushed before being placed in temperature controlled vats. Each parcel on the estate is vinified separately, and the wine is raised for 12 months in a combination of cement cuves (60%) and new and second fill barrels (20% each).  The finished wine is supple and full-bodied, with excellent ripeness, and refined aromatics from the Cabernet Franc. Stylistically distinct from the other Milhade family estates, Château Tour Bayard is a complementary addition to the family portfolio, and another great value in the range.  Average yearly production is about 4000 cases.

 

   
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