Argile de PabusChâteau Pabus
Argile de Pabus
‘Argile de Pabus’ goes back to the origins of wine making. The wine is made without adding sulfites and is aged in amphora made of clay or sandstone.
The aging in amphorae does not add taste to the wine, though offers the perfect conditions for the wine to mature and gently reveal the natural taste of Château Pabus’ grapes and terroir in its purest form.
Modern vinification techniques make it possible to carefully manage the natural winemaking process and produce a wine that can be preserved for up to five years while remaining fresh and pure.
no Sulfites Added, Aged in Amphora
The natural winemaking process, without adding sulfites, requires careful management of the air flows during the fermentation and ageing of wine.
The airlock, an invention often assigned to Leonardo da Vinci is instrumental.
The airlock allows to evacuate the CO2, generated by the fermentation, while blocking oxygen to reach the wine and avoiding the wine to oxidate.
The clay amphorae are natural masters in ageing wine.
The amphorae are made of clay or sandstone and produced in Italy and Germany. The amphorae are natural masters in allowing the wine to breathe through the clay, or sandstone, without causing acidification.
The wine is aged for 15 months in amphora.
A well-balanced vintage. The 2019 vintage was the result of fine weather in the Bordeaux region. Once again, however, we still had to contend with unpredictable conditions and step up the efforts during each growing season. However, all in all, the weather was relatively favourable compared to the past three years.
Under the best conditions, the Merlot grape harvest started September 18th, a good sign for Château Pabus. The spread to the whole vineyard happened from September 25 to 30, providing a high-quality vintage with promising potential. Still young, the red Château Pabus is smooth, well balanced, and low in alcohol. The fine structure guarantees a good ageing potential. The wine also boasts a magnificent deep red colour.
90/100 – Andreas Larsson – Purple colour with great intensity. Beautiful complexity in the nose with aromas of black fruit, spices, and violet. The wine is marked by sweetness and freshness. Beautiful texture, the mouth is well balanced and complex with a good length. Tasting note of the 2019 vintage.
90-91/100 – James Suckling – Blueberries and black cherries, licorice, and violets. Medium-bodied with firm, lightly chewy tannins and pretty intensity and flavors. Pure fruit.
A year like no other. Somewhat unpredictable weather conditions, vineyard operations turned upside down during the spring lockdown, an early vintage from bud break to the harvest, a perfect Indian summer… 2020 really put our expertise to the test. This vintage will undoubtedly leave its mark on the history of the Bordeaux wine region.
The Merlot harvest began September 24th. Picking drew to a close in the first week of October. Initial tastings suggest an outstanding vintage. Wines best enjoyed young are wonderfully balanced, while those with good ageing potential will develop beautifully.