winemaker : Thierry Valette
Grape varieties : merlot (70%), cabernet franc (25%) and cabernet sauvignon (5%)
Surface Winery: 14 ha
Annual production: 65.000
Certification: Biodynamie (Biodyvin)
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|Thierry Valette is convinced that a synthesis must be found between the tradition and elegance of the Bordeaux Grands Crus, and the more immediate approach to a wine, more about fruit and freshness. Above all, he is convinced that to make a good wine, winemaker must help each parcel to express itself, taking into account its uniqueness. The only truth is the terroir! The predominantly chalky soils in the commune of Bèlvès bring a lot of finesse and minerality to the grapes. Those located in the commune of St Genès-de-Castillon are partly tuff. More power and tannins therefore. The majority of the plots receive the rays of the rising sun, which gives a very favourable quality of light to the vines. A quality which is found in bottles. If you don't know... go for it! You won't regret it.||Coming from a family that has been making wine for four generations, Thierry Valette took a different path before becoming the owner of Clos Puy Arnaud. He lives and thrives in the world of modern dance and jazz. Art, movement rather than earth and rootedness... The years go by. The desire to make wine and to be rooted in a terroir that is dear to him nevertheless resurfaces. He forged this desire by going to François Mitjaville's, at the very famous Château le Tertre Roteboeuf. There he discovered and deepened his knowledge of biodynamics. In 2000, he officially moved to the Clos Puy Arnaud in the Castillon.|