A pedological and geological study was quickly carried out and reveals Pey La Tour exceptional rich terroirs (Limestone-clay, gravels, alluvial clay)
90 individual parcels, planted at a high density of 5,500 vines/ha (appellation average density 3,080 vines/ha)
Exemplary vineyard management, far surpassing the requirements of the appellation, including cover planting between rows, high trellising and extensive canopy management techniques.
Completely overwhelmed by the quality of this vineyard that dates back to the middle ages, Dourthe acquired the estate in 1990. For more than 25 years, a new viticultural approach was applied across the entire vineyard, respecting the terroir and vines in the quest for optimum fruit quality. As a result of rigorous vineyard management, the harvest is spread markedly over time, allowing all the grapes to be picked at optimum ripeness. The Réserve Vieilles Vignes du Château, which expresses the specific character of the finest terroirs, is aged for 12 - 14 months in the barrel hall next to the winery.
Vinification & Ageing
Cold pre-fermentation maceration applied to certain batches. Traditional vinification in individual batches in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks.
12 - 14 months in oak barrels, in individual batches. Partly aged on the lees.
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