Popping the cork of the Cuvee Bistrot! Also, a balancing act of glasses in the background... (Producer's Instagram)

La Cuvée Bistrot from Clos Puy Arnaud (& the last of the 2014 Castillon)

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Clos Puy Arnaud's 2020 La Cuvée Bistrot is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc from the limestone plateau of Sainte-Colombe in Castillon. This bottle is historically sold to restaurants, and when you taste it, you'll know why - think thirst quenching but expressive Beaujolais from Bordeaux! (**Wine arriving 8/18**)

On the nose, the wine has wonderfully fresh forest fruits: blackberry, strawberry, cassis and blueberry. There is something very floral and grassy about it too, with the gentle pop of a wine made in this 'semi-carbonic' fashion. On the palate, it's generous and plummy, full of lovely black fruits, and a hint of freshly milled peppercorn. A real mineral crunch centers a structure of medium acidity and integrated, soft tannin. Full of juice, refreshing zip and texture - to me, this is the definition of a "food wine." Whether you enjoy a bottle at your last summer picnic or you pair one (or two... or three) with your Thanksgiving dinner in November, the Cuvée Bistrot will do the trick. Serve at cellar temp or even a touch cooler!

Beautiful, lively grasses of Clos Puy Arnaud (Producer's Instagram)

Thierry Valette has owned Clos Puy Arnaud since 2000. The estate started practicing with biodynamics in 2001 and obtained their certification in 2010. The Cuvée Bistrot is made with fruit from rented vines, certificatied organic beginning with the 2019 vintage, but organically farmed since 2012. 

I believe in drinking Bordeaux every month of the year - no matter the season. You'll be drinking this easy bottle of Cuvée Bistrot today, tomorrow, and every day after that. Enjoy! David Hatzopoulos

**We're also highlighting the estate-bottled 2014 Castillon, here now! I've had this wine a handful of times now, and it keeps getting better. If your type of Bordeaux is the saultry kind, with spice and dried dark fruits, you want this in your glass!**

Clos Puy Arnaud 2020 VDF (Castillon) La Cuvee Bistrot

Fruit from the limestone plateau of Sainte-Colombe in Castillon, organic/biodynamic farming under the supervision of Thierry Valette. 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc, vine age 25 years. Some grapes, which are left uncrushed, go through intrapellicular fermentation, resulting in a process similar to carbonic maceration. Ages on the lees for 5 months in stainless vats. On the nose, the wine has wonderfully fresh forest fruits: blackberry, strawberry, cassis and blueberry. There is something very floral and grassy about it too, with the gentle pop of a wine made in this 'semi-carbonic' fashion. On the palate, it's generous and plummy, full of lovely black fruits, and a hint of freshly milled peppercorns. A real mineral crunch centers a structure of medium acidity and integrated, soft tannin. Full of juice, refreshing zip and texture - to me, this is the definition of a "food wine." Whether you enjoy a bottle at your last summer picnic or you pair one with your Thanksgiving dinner in November, the Cuvee Bistrot will do the trick. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos Puy Arnaud 2014 Castillon - Cotes de Bordeaux

This wine is from the limestone plateau of near the village Belves-de-Castillon. It is 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, from vines averaging 30 years old. Fermented naturally in wood and cement. Aged in barrel, with 10% being new wood, for 8 months before going into cement vats for 5 more months. Clos Puy Arnaud is owned by Theirry Valette, who brought the estate into both organic and biodynamic certification. The wine is beautiful, and really shows itself 3 or so hours after opening. The nose is dense and heady, full of ripe  dark flowers, crushed cherries, with a savory waft of dried fruits like raisins and dates. The palate has a spark of firm black plum and graphite. A  broad and warming body with tannin on all corners of the mouth refreshed by straight, balanced acidity. Delicious! David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur