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A hearty red from the Duras appellation just outside of Bordeaux. Primarily Merlot with a bit of Cabernet Franc, all farmed organically. Cold soaked then fermented with indigenous yeasts, bottled unfiltered. A solid red for a remarkable price due to the history of appellation demarcation.
From the mouth of the importer (Jenny & Francois):
"Nadia Lusseau created Château Haut Lavigne in 2002 when she took over 8.5-hectares of vineyards in the Cotes de Duras. The vineyard is made up of 4-hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, plus 4.5-hectares of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cotes de Duras is located approximately 100 kilometers from the Atlantic and benefits from the ocean air while enjoying less rain, therefore more sunshine, than appellations further to the west. Nadia’s viticultural approach results in top quality fruit and her winemaking allows for a true expression of terroir. She has been farming organically since 2005 all of her vines were certified organic in 2006. Nadia Lusseau represents a younger generation of women winemakers working in France whose informed approach and deft touch are yielding outstanding results."