For three generations, the Laplace family has been one of the most influential winegrowers in the Madiran appellation. Today the Château d'Aydie is a wonderful estate of 70 hectares (173 acres) led by Pierre Laplace''s four children. In the last decade, the family has accelerated the improvement of their wines by restructuring the vineyard (choosing high density) and optimising their vinification methods, particularly extraction and ageing. The goal is to produce authentic, French Madiran with a look and feel that will engage the current market.
Appellation: AOP Madiran.
The grapes come from vines planted on slopes which are either clayish-calcareous (Terroir de Saint Lanne) or clayish with rounded pebbles (Terroir de Moncaup).
The grapes are hand-harvested. Vinification is by separated plots and grape varieties. Cold pre-fermentation maceration (10 to 12°C) is carried out for 3 to 5 days in wooden tanks, followed by a long maceration for 30 days. Vinification/fermentation is at 25°C. Extraction is by pumping over (remontage).
Aged in on oak tuns and wooden tanks (for 12 to 15 months). Bottling after ageing for 20 months.
This wine is a deep, intense red. Elegant on the nose, with aromas of black fruits (blueberry and blackberry) dominating the hint of spice. A remarkable fullness on the palate, with tannic chewiness and unexpected roundness. The long finish has vanilla delicacy. A delightful wine, both powerful and elegant. It can easily be kept for 8 to 10 years.
ABV = 14.0%.