From Wine Cellar Insider “The chateau was built in the early 1800s. Chateau Taillefer is historic for another reason, it is the first property purchased by the Moueix dynasty. Antoine Moueix bought the estate in 1923.
Chateau Taillefer remains in the Moueix family’s hands today. Interestingly, at the time of the purchase, due to its sandy soils, the vineyard was not known to possess the best terroir in Pomerol. But it had one advantage the other estates in the region did not have.
Chateau Taillefer was located close to the business center of Libourne, which made it easy to transport the wine by train to various locations and get the wine into different markets.
Chateau Taillefer Vineyard, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 12-hectare, Right Bank vineyard of Chateau Taillefer is planted to 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. This represents a continuing change in the vineyard as Chateau Taillefer has over the years removed the substantial amount of Cabernet Sauvignon from their vineyard while continuing to increase the Merlot. This process is being done slowly, to maintain the average vine age at close to 30 years of age.
The terroir is sand and gravel with deposits of iron in the soils. In fact, the iron in the soil is where the estate found the inspiration for its name, as Taillefer comes from the phrase to cut iron, which is a reference to the iron in the terroir. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,000 vines per hectare.
Most of the vineyard is located close to the chateau with sand and gravel soils. But they also have vines planted in gravel soils that are well placed, not too far from Chateau Figeac in St. Emilion.
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