70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
The vineyard is situated on the same Asterie-limestone mother rock as those of Le Puy, but at a slightly lower altitude—80 meters above sea level compared to Le Puy’s 110 meters. The topsoil is slightly sandier and less clayey here, and it is a bit deeper than at Le Puy—between 1.0 and 1.3 meters. In the cellar, Duc des Nauves is both fermented (spontaneously, of course) and aged in cement, and bottled without filtration after one year.
The 2019 Duc des Nauves offers a dark, ripe, granular nose of black cherries and plums, and despite the richness of the fruit it pulls off a lifted and balletic palate, with that haunting seamlessness of texture that all Le Puy wines demonstrate. Organic. Biodynamic
Chateau Le Puy, Duc des Nauves