Copyright Vignobles Pierre-Emmanuel Janoueix 2012
VIGNOBLES PIERRE-EMMANUEL JANOUEIX
M o n t a g n e - S a i n t - E m i l i o n - P o m e r o l - S a i n t - E m i l i o n G r a n d C r u
THE VINEYARDS OF SAINT-EMILION AND POMEROL
Birth of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol vineyards
The vine is present in the region of Bordeaux since the Antiquity.
Bearing the hallmark of the poet Ausonius, the Saint-Emilion – Pomerol – Fronsac area is the other major Gallo-Roman birthplace of Bordeaux winegrowing. Located on one of the main pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela, it became intensely religious from the 8th century onwards, when the town of Saint-Emilion was established as well as numerous monasteries and hospices. Founded in 1270, the town of Libourne became an important trade and export centre after the Hundred Years' War, giving the entire area a strong identity and corresponding independence.
A mosaic of vineyards
Where the Dordogne and Isle rivers meet, the main Saint-Emilion – Pomerol winegrowing areas are located in a superb natural landscape of hills and plateaux with a beautiful mosaic of vines stretching out as far as the eye can see. The complex soils are largely clayey limestone in the Saint-Emilion appellation, and gravelly or sandy in Pomerol. These produce an amazing variety of red wines.
These soil types are ideal for the Merlot grape, which achieves its best expression here. Merlot accounts for an average of 70% of all vines planted in the Saint-Emilion and Fronsac regions, and 80% in Pomerol. Other varieties grown here are Cabernet Franc (called Bouchet locally) and Cabernet Sauvignon. The distinctive characteristic of Vignobles Pierre-Emmmanuel Janoueix is to make 100 % Merlot wines.
CHÂTEAU LA BASTIENNE : A MONTAGNE-SAINT-EMILION WINE WITH AN EXCEPTIONAL TERROIR
The Château La Bastienne is a former "Premier Grand Cru Montagne", before Montagne becomes a satellite of Saint-Emilion. Its soil, in border of Montagne vineyard, gathers all the conditions to make a great wine, as it is shown by one of the studies about our soils and subsoils that Pierre-Emmanuel uses to make before every plantation :
"The soils of the vineyard of Château La Bastienne are marls (marls = carbonated clays) with fossil oysters. These marls with clayey-silty texture are rather compact in Château La Bastienne. Which is advantage because it limits the implanting in depth and the vigour of the vine. During dry years, the vineyard can feed in water thanks to the capillary rises generated by the clay.
The marly grounds are the best of Bordeaux area to obtain great red wines, concentrated, fine and complex, with ageing potential. We find clayey marls in the sub-soil of prestigious vineyards as Latour, Léoville Las Cases, Petrus, Cheval Blanc."
X. Choné, doctor of oenology
A L C O H O L A B U S E I S D E T R I M E N T A L T O Y O U R H E A L T H , D R I N K W I T H M O D E R A T I O N .