Through organic viticulture and improved farming techniques, Chateau Puynard is dedicated to crafting wine from the right bank of Bordeaux that reflect the vineyards in which they are grown. We focus on Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, two grapes that reveal the geopgraphy and geology of the Right Bank – clay and Limestone. The Chateau has had a seven-generation history of wine making before us and we carry this legacy into the future with our commitment to the environment. Since November 2017, all of our vineyards commenced the process of achieving organic certification by Ecocert which was recognized in 2020. The goal is to grow the healthiest grapes the land will give us, in order to create the best wines that we can, that speak of the Blaye region.
The Steps 2016 vintage opens with ripe black fruits completed by a delicate woodiness with subtle roasted notes. This premium wine has volume on the palate; it develops a chewy texture supported by fine tannins and a long finish full of promise. The Steps grapes are sourced from our 2-hectare, clay-limestone soils. Carefully hand-picking our grapes in small crates from 35 year old vines, we then sort the grapes once they are in the winery. The grapes are then cold soaked for 3 days and further macerated for 28 days to extract the excellent colour of the berries. For 15 months, 70% of the wine is fermented in new French oak, the remainder in vat, to give structure to a wine with excellent volume, chewy tannins and a long finish - finally giving us an elegant and well balanced wine. ABV 14%