Château Puyblanquet

The story is beautiful and moving. It is that of a superb property in Saint-Emilion, located just 6km as the crow flies from the Château la Gaffelière managed by Alexandre de Malet-Roquefort and of which he is co-owner with his two brothers and sisters. Nestled in a particularly peaceful environment, set in the hollow of a superb park where the beauty of the umbrella pines and bicentennial cedars is matched only by that of the same ancient species planted in the park of the 1er Cru Classé B. Puyblanquet, it is a castle that was in the Malet-Roquefort family since the 18th century. A place that had been cherished for several centuries when a tragedy forced its sale. We are in 1958 and Alexandre's grandfather dies early. His father, Léo, who was only 24 at the time, had to face very substantial inheritance taxes. Without any other possible choice and reluctantly, he resolves to sell Puyblanquet to the Jacquet family. This will keep it for more than 60 years. And like a happy pirouette of fate, the opportunity will arise in 2020 to buy back the 19 hectares of this magnificent property renowned for the quality of its clay-limestone terroir since the 19th century. “It was one of the rare times I saw my father cry,” says Alexandre with emotion. This deep wound that he had never digested was finally going to be able to close.

AOC Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Two A.O.C. (Controlled name of origin) share the territory, Saint-Emilion and Saint-Emilion Grand Cru. This region produces wines that are globally imitated but never equalled: Chateau Ausone, Chateau Petrus and Chateau Angelus to name but a few. Yet the historical recognition of wines from the right bank happened later than the Grave or Medoc. Even though wine has been produced since the time of the Roman conquest in the 11th century, the interest in this region only began during the construction of the bridge across the Dordogne in 1820. Everything here is different from other regions around Bordeaux: limestone soil, the climate has a slight maritime influence and strong temperature fluctuations, and the vast majority of grapes grown is Merlot. This gives the wine a bright and fruity roundness that makes them very accessible and pleasant in their early youth with an aging potential as important as the Grands Crus Classés Medoc from the best producers. Saint Emilion is perhaps the most accessible region to discover the Grands Vins de Bordeaux.  The “Grand Cru” appellation is characterized by the qualitative selection, regularly revised, an output limited to 40hl/ha and raising minimum 12 months.
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