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2011 Château Le Puy "Barthélemy" Côtes de Bordeaux - Francs

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2011 Château Le Puy "Barthélemy" Côtes de Bordeaux - Francs

Regular price $175.00
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When our VERY French and VERY smart Rosenthal guy Sebastien Ramuscello tells us something is phenomenal, we listen. Sebastien has been ear-to-the-ground of that book for the better part of a decade now and he has drank it all. He says that this 2011 Le Puy “Barthelemy” is one of the two or three best wines in the entire portfolio at the moment for drinking RIGHT NOW.  “Barthelemy” is Le Puy's crowning achievement—the fruit is from their greatest, highest-altitude, poorest-topsoil site, which is treated even more minimally in the cellar than the“Emilien” above, and released several years after bottling. Like the Emilien, the Barthelemy is fermented in huge cement vats without human involvement. But, whereas the Emilien spends its first year in large foudres and its second in barriques, the Barthelemy is moved directly into barriques—gross lees and all—for its two-year elevage. During that time, it is“dynamized”—stirred gently in alternating clockwise and counterclockwise strokes—at each full moon, and the lees are subsequently subsumed over time. This ultra-labor-intensive method nourishes the wine and protects it against oxidation, and no sulfur is applied at any point in the process, from harvest to bottling. Even so, the Barthelemy is perfectly stable and can age for many decades, as proven stunningly in a one-hundred-year vertical tasting the Amoreaus hosted in New York last year. That a warm-vintage wine that spent so much time on its gross lees can be so electrifyingly fresh is remarkable, and it speaks to the vitality of these vineyards which have never seen chemicals and have been worked biodynamically for generations. The complete palate harmony which is a Le Puy hallmark is fully evident, and although 2010 is often considered a greater vintage in Bordeaux, the 2011 Barthelemy may have the edge over its 2010 counterpart when it comes to overall impact and complexity. 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.

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