Ch. Falfas, Côtes de Bourg
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Ch. Falfas, Côtes de Bourg - 2016

Item # 39487 750mL
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Production Methods




Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.

Tasting Notes

Château Falfas is a family estate is conveniently located near the Gironde river giving fresh winds that are vital to vines. They are also flanked by the woods which contributes to the magnificent terroir of this estate. Two-thirds of this cuvée is aged in older barrique. Classic Bordeaux on the palate.

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Staff Pick Notes

Bordeaux's classed-growth steal so much of the limelight it's easy to forget that the region is home to more than 7000 wineries, most of which are small and family run. Great wines can be found amongst them, and their under-the-radar status means you don't have to choose between rent or a fabulous bottle of wine. Château Falfas on the Right Bank of the Gironde River in the Cotes de Bourg is one such producer. Véronique Cochran and her husband, John (since passed), have been farming their 20-ha vineyard biodynamically since 1988, which is no surprise since her father, François Bouchet, was one of the pioneers of biodynamics. They grow predominantly Merlot, with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Malbec. 2009 was one of THE great vintages of the decade, with the wines showing a deep concentration of red fruit, earthiness and leather.


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