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Château la Conseillante

Château la Conseillante

GENERAL INFORMATION

Owner: SC des Héritiers Nicolas

Managing Directors: Dr Bertrand Nicolas and Jean-Valmy Nicolas

Estate Manager: Marielle Cazaux

Consultant: Michel Rolland

Vineyard

Soil composition: 60% grey clay and 40% sandy gravel over a sub-soil of red clay containing iron deposit (crasse de fer)

Grape types: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc

Pruning: Double Guyot

Density of plantation: 7,000 vines per hectare on average

Yield: 35 to 40 hectolitres per hectare

Average age of vines: 34 years

Wine-making

Harvesting: By hand, in small crates

Sorting:By hand and machine on 4 tables

Vinification: Pre-fermentation cold soak for 2 to 4 days. Vatting period: 2 to 4 weeks

Vats: 22 epoxy-lined concrete vats. Fully temperature-controlled

Selection: Vertical wine press and separate ageing of press wines

Ageing

Ageing: 50% to 80% in new French oak barrels

Duration: 18 months

Racking: Every 3 months, using a traditional bellow pump

Fining: In barrel, 2 to 3 fresh egg whites per barrel