Château Montfollet
Altus

AOC Côtes de Bourg

In the heart of the best terroirs of the appellations of Blaye and Bourg, this family estate of 67 hectares of vines is located on the hillsides of red clay and limestone, overlooking the Gironde estuary, on the right bank, facing the most prestigious Margaux’s Grand Crus. It has been in the Raimond family for three generations.

Today, attentive to reveal the potential of these wonderful terroirs while respecting the environment, Dominique Raimond, a passionate winemaker and the current owner, uses all the means to get real “Grands Vins de Bordeaux”.

Altus is located on the highest point of the Côtes de Bourg AOC and over-hangs the Gironde Estuary. The vineyard is composed of Merlot and Malbec which find there, their ideal terroir, the red gravel.

TERROIR

A superb plateau of red gravels facing South, South-East, overlooking the Gironde estuary, the vineyard is bathed in light throughout the year and benefits from the mild temperatures of the oceanic climate.

Blend

95% Merlot

5% Malbec

WINEMAKING & VINIFICATION

The natural grass is kept between the rows and the ground under the vine-plants is worked mechanically to galvanize the microbial life and push the roots to go deeper. The property is certified HEV 3rd level (High Environmental Value, the highest level of French environmental certification for farms).

The harvest is picked thank to a machine with the latest technologies to bring in the vat house only intact berries perfectly ripe, without stem, leave or wood. Then it is vinified in stainless tanks at low temperatures to preserve all aromas of fruits and aged in barrels for 12 months before the final blend to get the perfect balance between fruit and wood.

TASTING NOTES

An intense black colour, a very complex nose with aromas of black fruit, cocoa, vanilla and spices, a powerful and full mouth with silky tannins, a very aromatic finish boosted by notes of candied fruit and toasted bread.