In 2005, a group of good friends with a passionate love of wine joined Didier Miqueu and Stephan von Neipperg in pursuit of a goal: to acquire great, “forgotten” terroirs throughout the Bordeaux region and provide them with the means and time necessary to create exceptional wines.
They spent time studying and searching for Bordeaux’s fi nest terroirs, often in overlooked appellations; finally they found the most favorable conditions around Saint–Émilion—soils and vines worthy of the fi nest classed growths, whose fabulous potential only needed to be revealed. In 2005 the group acquired Château Soleil, a renowned property of some 20 hectares situated on the greatest terroirs of Puisseguin that was always considered one of the appellation’s fi nest estates, and undertook major investments in both vineyard and cellars to bring out the terroir’s full, magnificent potential.
- Vineyard: 20 ha
- Soil: Clay/Limestone Plateau
- Average Age of the Vines: 30 years
- Grape Varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
- Production: 60,000 bottles
- Winemaker/Consultant: Count Stephan von Neipperg
- Winemaking: Fermentation are made in temperature-controlled concrete vats, pigeage and remontage. Grapes from each plot are put into separate vats. Just the right degree of extraction is sought during maceration. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel.
- Ageing: 18-24 months in 50-80% new barrels, depending on the vintage.
80% Merlot - 10% Cabernet Franc – 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
“The 2015 Chateau Soleil had quite a broody, dense bouquet; its introverted black fruit felt a little static in the glass. The palate is sweet on the entry with chewy tannin, plenty of ripe dark cherries and blackcurrant with a touch of spice livening things up on the finish. It feels a little disjointed at the moment, though the components are here. Give it a year once in bottle.”
88-90 Points, Neal Martin – “The Wine Advocate”