LES CHAMPS LIBRES
0.7 hectare (1.7 acre)
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Produced by the owners of Pomerol’s famed Château Lafleur, Sylvie and Jacques Guinaudeau, their son Baptiste and his wife Julie, Les Champs Libres was inspired by the desire to make a ‘great’ white wine on their Grand Village vineyard. Located in the Mouillac region between the Côtes de Bourg and Fronsac, Château Grand Village dates back to the 16th century. The vineyard sits on clay and chalk soils, with an average vine age of 20 years. 2013 was the first vintage of Les Champs Libres.
To produce Les Champs Libres, everything is tailor made. In the vineyards, old plants were replaced by Sauvignon Blanc vines from the Sancerre region. Small plots, distinguished within each parcel according to the soil type and plant behaviour, are maintained individually. This close adaptation to the terroir and to each vintage’s weather conditions is made possible thanks to the dedicated vineyard and cellar teams from Château Lafleur.
After a manual harvest and sorting, the grapes are pressed gently in order to preserve the full aromas of the fruit. Fermentation is carried out in oak barrels from Bordeaux and Burgundy. The lees are stirred during the aging process in order to enhance structure and aromatic complexity. Les Champs Libres presents a fresh and chiselled nose dominated by ripe fruit, citrus, orange peel and smoky notes. The palate is first marked by energy and finesse, the wine taking more volume on the mid-palate and exposing its creamy texture. The long and elegant finish is quite savory, accentuating the wine’s impressive mineral core.