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LE PIGEONNIER RED

This 100% Malbec cuvee is vinified in a wooden foudre and aged for 28 months in new oak barrels. A true vin de garde, Le Pigeonnier will age gracefully over some twenty-five years.

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Description

Le Pigeonnier is a prized seven-acre (2.8 hectares) vineyard directly adjacent
to the grounds of the historic 500-year-old Lagrézette castle, in the Southwest region
of France. Located on the third terrace (the clay/limestone ratio on the third terrace
coupled with superior drainage and levels of humidity produce wines of great power and
depth) overlooking the Lot River, the vineyard slopes gently to the east for maximum
exposure to sunlight. Enclosed by ancient stone walls, the vineyard contains an historic
monument – a six –leg 17th century dovecote, which gives the wine its name. Yields are
kept between 15 to 20 hectoliters per hectare.
No herbicides are employed – only mechanical practices. Crop cover between the rows
reduces growth and fights against erosion. Hand leaf removal allows for more sunlight
and aeration. Green harvesting by hand reduces yields per hectare. Late, manual harvest
typically conducted in mid-to-late October for optimum maturity level. Berries are
destemmed by hand and poured directly into the wooden tank.


Winemaking Notes:
Berries from the Pigeonnier vineyard are removed from the bunch by hand. Le
Pigeonnier is macerated in new Seguin-Moreau oak barrels at temperatures as high as
80°C – in order to extract maximum flavor and intensity from the grapes. The wine
matures for 28 months in new Troncais oak barrels and bottled without filtration.


Tasting Notes :
Le Pigeonnier exhibits a dark, deep inky and ruby color. On the nose, it is powerful and
intense – with hints of crème de cassis, licorice and roasted bread.
The wine can be medium to full-bodied – with beautifully integrated tannins.

AWARDS
The world-famous wine critic, Robert M. Parker Jr., ranked
Le Pigeonnier as an “outstanding” wine in issue 130 of his bimonthly magazine The Wine 
Advocate. He rated the 2001 (95) points and the 2003 (94) ponts.

Vintage 2012
94 points  
Decanter World Wine Awards: Gold
August 2015: 93 points

Vintage 2011
June 2014: 94 points "Cellar Selection"  
95 points 

Vintage 2009
June 2013: 94 points "Cellar Selection"-Wine Enthusiast
Jan. 2014: 90 points

 

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Specs

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Le Pigeonnier is a prized seven-acre (2.8 hectares) vineyard directly adjacent
to the grounds of the historic 500-year-old Lagrézette castle, in the Southwest region
of France. Located on the third terrace (the clay/limestone ratio on the third terrace
coupled with superior drainage and levels of humidity produce wines of great power and
depth) overlooking the Lot River, the vineyard slopes gently to the east for maximum
exposure to sunlight. Enclosed by ancient stone walls, the vineyard contains an historic
monument – a six –leg 17th century dovecote, which gives the wine its name. Yields are
kept between 15 to 20 hectoliters per hectare.
No herbicides are employed – only mechanical practices. Crop cover between the rows
reduces growth and fights against erosion. Hand leaf removal allows for more sunlight
and aeration. Green harvesting by hand reduces yields per hectare. Late, manual harvest
typically conducted in mid-to-late October for optimum maturity level. Berries are
destemmed by hand and poured directly into the wooden tank.


Winemaking Notes:
Berries from the Pigeonnier vineyard are removed from the bunch by hand. Le
Pigeonnier is macerated in new Seguin-Moreau oak barrels at temperatures as high as
80°C – in order to extract maximum flavor and intensity from the grapes. The wine
matures for 28 months in new Troncais oak barrels and bottled without filtration.


Tasting Notes :
Le Pigeonnier exhibits a dark, deep inky and ruby color. On the nose, it is powerful and
intense – with hints of crème de cassis, licorice and roasted bread.
The wine can be medium to full-bodied – with beautifully integrated tannins.

AWARDS
The world-famous wine critic, Robert M. Parker Jr., ranked
Le Pigeonnier as an “outstanding” wine in issue 130 of his bimonthly magazine The Wine 
Advocate. He rated the 2001 (95) points and the 2003 (94) ponts.

Vintage 2012
94 points  
Decanter World Wine Awards: Gold
August 2015: 93 points

Vintage 2011
June 2014: 94 points "Cellar Selection"  
95 points 

Vintage 2009
June 2013: 94 points "Cellar Selection"-Wine Enthusiast
Jan. 2014: 90 points

 

Sell Sheets

pdficon virtuemart   Pigeonnier Red 2012

Specs

pdficon virtuemart     Lagrezette specs USA.pdf