Château Leydet-Valentin 2018 St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Wine – Bordeaux France
Frédéric Leydet runs the Château Leydet-Valentin and Château de Valois, both his family’s estates. Château LEYDET-VALENTIN is located on 8.87 hectares (21.91 acres) in Saint-Emilion, at the border with Pomerol. This farm was bought by one of Frederic’s ancestors.
As for his subtle Château de VALOIS Pomerol, Frederic LEYDET only has in mind to reach a total expression of his exceptional LEYDET-VALENTIN terroir, neighbouring famous classified growths (including Château CHEVAL BLANC 1st Classified Growth Cat. A). Unmatchable bouquets, savors and opulence can be found in Château LEYDET-VALENTIN.
The wineries are less than 3 miles from each other and they are in a top growing area of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. They are very near to Cheval Blanc, Figeac, and Angelus. The soil is composed of sand, fine gravel, and iron. Like Cheval Blanc, Valois and Leydet-Valentin also have a high percentage of Cabernet Franc planted to best express the terroir of this area.
Frederic Leydet’s vines for this wine are just near the border of Cheval Blanc, sharing a similar soil distinguished by its iron content. The iron in the soil is particularly good for growing Cabernet Franc, and it’s the reason the Leydet works with a rather high percentage of it in comparison to others in the appellation. The final blend is 83% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc for the 2018 vintage. Leydet always makes the wines without any racking, fining, or filtration, giving a super classic Bordeaux. The winery is certified organic. The 2018 is dark in color, pure, vibrant and savory. Even though this has the structure to age, the wine is very open and drinking well in its youth.
About Chateau Leydet Valentin
Baked cherries, warm plums and mulberries with hints of Indian spices, tobacco and iron ore. Medium to full bodied wit a firm frame of fine grains tannins and great tension, it finishes on a lingering mineral note.
91/93+Pts Wine Advocate. Certified Organic.
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