Chateau du Retout has 32 ha planted with blue grapes. The vineyard is largely located on a crest of clay bottom covered with a thick layer of pebbles. The vineyards are organic and the vines have an average age of 30 ...
The Chateau is in the heart of the Haut-Medoc appellation, at Cussac-Fort-Médoc between Margaux and St-Julien, 35 km north east of Bordeaux and was created from the fusion of three ancient estates, including two Cru Bourgeois, which were acquired and restored by the Kopp family in the fifties. Today the second generation is in charge of the Chateau, with Hélène and Frédéric Soual.
Surface of the vineyard has a total of 32.67ha and contains 56.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 1.5% Cabernet Franc. Average age of vines is 35 years’ old and yields between 45 and 55 hl/ha. The major part of the vineyard (70%) sits on a plateau of deep Pyrenean gravel culminating at 23 metres altitude. Slopes of sandy gravel descending from the plateau represent a further 15% with 15% limestone clay on the lower reaches.
Hélène and Frédéric use of reasoned protection methods. Insecticides have been completely banished in favour of sexual confusion techniques for the last 4 years, and 100% natural home-made compost has been used for 10 years.
Picking is by hand and by machine with an on-board sorting function. Once at the cellar the separated berries are qualitatively sorted twice in succession, first mechanically and then by hand. Vatting with no addition of sulphur and yeast inoculation when the vats are first filled. Pre-fermentation maceration at 4°C for 6 to 10 days under blanket gas. Slow fermentation at temperatures below 26°C with 2 to 3 rack and return operations daily by gravity. Maceration under skins for 15 to 28 days at 28°C. Average period in vats 27 to 45 days. Maturing in 12 months in barrel (33% new) with no racking. A period in vats
depending on each batch of wine. Fining and filtering isn’t done systematically, but according to the requirements of each wine.
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