Chateau Le Thil One of The Top Bordeaux Value Wines Pessac Leognan

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Chateau Le thil Comte Clary Graves, Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with a history of the property, plus information on their wine making techniques and their terroir, along with wine tasting reviews and links.

Le Thil Blanc is produced from a three-hectare vineyard block of the 14-hectare Le Thil vineyard, situated on rolling hills between Carbonnieux and Smith-Haut-Lafitte in Martillac. Density is 6,700 vines/ha and the varietal mix includes equal parts of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc whose average age is 20 years. The soil is superficially gravelly atop a rich mix of clay and limestone. Mechanically tilled, cover-cropped every other row, debudded, desuckered, manually deleafed, crop-thinned. The wines are barrel-fermented in 20% new, and 30% one-wine old, French oak barrels from Damy (50%) and Ermitage (50%), both Burgundian coopers. Aged for the first month on its lees with regular stirring.

This small Bordeaux wine estate produces red and white wines. Le Thil Rouge comes from 14-hectare vineyard situated on rolling hills between Carbonnieux and Smith-Haut-Lafitte in Martillac. Density is 6,700 to 10,000 vines/ha and the varietal mix includes 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon whose average age is 18 years. The high percentage of Merlot reflects the nature of the soil which is superficially gravelly, atop a rich mix of clay and limestone. Mechanically tilled, cover-cropped every other row, debudded, desuckered, deleafed, crop-thinned, and hand-harvested. Fermentation takes place in stainless with a 28-day maceration. A portion of the Merlot undergoes its malolactic in new oak barrels and spends three weeks on its lees before racking. The wines are aged for 18 months in 50% new, and 50% one-wine old barrels. Stéphane Derenoncourt and Simon Blanchard consult.

Starting with the 2006 vintage, this property started making wines and selling them at prices that make them one of the best value wines in Bordeaux.

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