HAUT-MEDOC – CRU BOURGEOIS

CHATEAU TOUR MARCILLANET
CHATEAU GOULFAISAN

sustainable wine

HISTORY

Château La Tour-Marcillanet, a noble house once known as Goulefaisan, was built in the 14th century. The lords of Marcillanet owed allegiance to the seigneury of La Tour Carnet, now a classified growth.
From the Middle Ages, La Tour-Marcillanet still has its oubliette and the loopholes which can still be seen in the wall surrounding what is now the garden. The tower has a fine stone stairway and is decorated on the outside with a superb Renaissance doorway.

At the end of the 18th c., the rear part of the castle was completed. This noble house of Marcillanet belonged to a family whose oldest known member was Pierre de Sainte Marie, born around 1495. Through different marriages, the property often changed its name. Settled there since 1991, Marc and Claire Ponsar had the vines and the cellars renovated to help this reputed cru bourgeois retrieve the position it deserves.

 

PHILOSOPHY

Marcillanet is a pretty manor house situated between vineyards, oak trees, pines and moors. With its beautiful Renaissance door, its soil and its vines, it is a shared passion between Marc Ponsar and his stepfather Jean Mahieu since 1991.

Ever since, Marc Ponsar had been focusing with his wife Claire to develop the vineyard and highlight its specificities:
– Old vines: the presence of vines seems to date from the 13th century , when the castle was built . We can find the name in the first rankings of Bordeaux wines, including the guide Ferret 1868.
– All processes are harmonised to human and family size.
– Autonomous operations, all operations are carried out on the vineyard.

They develop their wines in the Médoc tradition: They respect the ancestral know-how by combining it with modern technology. Their value the production through selling bottles directly to importers abroad and in France with wholesalers and consumers.

Marc Ponsar is particularly concerned with the vineyard management and business development.
Claire Ponsar organises and manages the vineyard. She monitors the harvest and oversees the general maintenance of the property.

Chateau Tour-Marcillanet
Grand Vin

Generally composed of a majority of Cabernet Sauvignon. The search for a perfectly ripe and healthy grapes allows longer maceration, complex tannins, good structure, elegance, power, aromatic finesse.
The wine keeps fifteen years in the cellar.

GRAPE VARIETIES
Merlot
Cabernet sauvignon
Cabernet franc

TERRITORY
Graves, clay and limestone.
A near Pauillac and Saint Julien, in the municipality of Saint Laurent, rump Garonne gravel for perfect drainage

VINIFICATION
Alcoholic fermentation temperature limited to 32 ° C temperature control fermentation pumping-optimized, maceration of three weeks while maintaining the wine at 25 ° C; malolactic fermentation.

YIELD
Between 40 and 55 hl/ha according to the nature

HARVESTING
By hand and machine

AGEING
Traditional, with new oak

ALCOHOL
12.5%

TASTING CHARACTERISTICS
NOTE: 85/100 (Gilbert et Gaillard)
Clear red dress, moderately deep. Pretty intense new wood nose, giving some aroma of fresh oak and soft spices. A medium-bodied on the palate,wood tannins pretty present  giving the fruit in the second part. A Haut Médoc bet on the futur.

Chateau Goulefaisan
2nd wine of Chateau Tour – Marcillanet

Wine that can be enjoyed in its youth. With a predominance of Merlot, the body is dominated by fruit. Maceration are more moderate. Flexibility and roundness.
The wine keeps a decade in the cellar

GRAPE VARIETIES
Merlot
Cabernet sauvignon
Cabernet franc

TERRITORY
Graves, clay and limestone.
A near Pauillac and Saint Julien, in the municipality of Saint Laurent, perfect rump Garonne gravel for drainage.

VINIFICATION
Alcoholic fermentation temperature limited to 32°C temperature control fermentation pumping-optimized, maceration of three weeks while maintaining the wine at 25°C; malolactic fermentation.

YIELD
Between 40 and 55 hl/ha depending on the nature

HARVESTING
By hand and machine

AGEING
With French oak

ALCOHOL
13%

NOTE 87/100 (Gilbert&Gaillard)
Young garnet. Charming nose of tangy blackberry, blackcurrant and redcurrant with a toast note, cacao and mild spices. The palate is supple and dense with good concentration, fine tannins and exquisite aromas. Refined and elegant.

 
 

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