Chateau La Tour Figeac

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About This Vineyard

La Tour Figeac has been managed by Maximilian Otto Rettenmaier since 1994. The technical director is Christine Derenoncourt with Stephane Derenoncourt engaged as a consultant oenologist — so a very high pedigree indeed. The organic vineyard comprises 14.5 hectares, of which about one-quarter, the section closest to Cheval-Blanc, possesses the valuable gravel terroir which gives the region of Graves-St-Emilion its name. As one travels across the vineyard there is an increasing proportion of sand and loam.

The organic vines are predominantly Merlot which accounts for 60% of the vineyard, the rest being entirely Cabernet Franc, with an average age of 35 years. The vines are planted at a fairly standard 6500 vines/ha and benefit from recently installed drainage. The vine husbandry is biodynamic, as the involvement of François Bouchet, who has consulted at many leading biodynamic estates including Chapoutier, would suggest. That means no chemical pesticides or treatments of any sort, and only biodynamically raised manure. Yields are typically held at about 40 hl/ha by pruning, bunch-thinning and green-harvesting, and naturally the harvest is by hand.

Some tasters have noted a variability in quality over the years. For natural wine lovers this may be a bit too extracted.

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BP 007
St Emilion

+33 (0) 5 57 51 77 62