Château De Valois

Frederic Leydet owns and runs this family estate, one which was handed down through a line of female forebears since being sheared off from the Figeac estate in 1862. De Valois is made up of seven parcels, encompassing 8.2 hectares of vineyard, with the largest parcel of four hectares situated at the southern end of the Pomerol plateau, close to Ch?teaux La Croix and Beauregard.

The vineyards here are planted to 77% merlot and 23% cabernet franc and lie less than 400m from those of Cheval Blanc. Planting density is 5800 vines per hectare and the average age of the vines is 35 years, planted in sandy clay soils and fine gravels, all farmed sustainably with all harvesting done by hand. Fermentation is in stainless steel fermenters, followed by 11-15 months in oak barrels, one-third of which are new. Since the 2013 vintage the vineyards are in the process of being converted to organic viticulture with the intention that 2015 will be the first certified organic vintage, and sulphur is kept to a minimum.

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