DÉLICE DU PRIEURÉ: A SAINT-EMILION LOVER’S JEWEL
A FINE REWARD FOR A VINEYARD THAT HAS BEEN DEEPLY RESTRUCTURED IN RECENT YEARS.
Paul Goldschmidt is the owner of three châteaux on the right bank of Bordeaux, including Château Le Prieuré, in Saint-Emilion Grand Cru appellation. Délice du Prieuré, the second wine of the estate, has reached the semifinals of the 2015 Coupe Saint-Emilion Grand Cru.
DÉLICE DU PRIEURÉ, EASY WINE FROM YOUNG VINES
“The Château Le Prieuré is my little favorite”, says Paul Goldschmidt, “that is because of this limestone soil that produces wines full of charms and flavors”, he says with relish. When he arrived at château du Prieuré, this passionate man had a desire: make a second wine that would be an immediate pleasure, a delight to complement the Grand Cru Classé of the estate. For this, 50% of the vineyard was replanted. These young vines gave birth to nectar called Délice du Prieuré.
This wine has since risen to the semifinals of the 2015 Coupe Saint-Emilion Grand Cru: “it represents all the efforts that went into replanting the vineyard”, says Paul Goldschmidt. The winemaker also sees in this a confirmation of a conviction, “when I arrived, the trend was the relatively muscular and structured wines. My belief is that Bordeaux is a refreshing wine, appetizing and that accompanies the meal. Délice du Prieuré represents tha
DÉLICE DU PRIEURÉ 2010, 2011 AND 2012: THE WINNING PANEL
With this certainty, Paul Goldschmidt offers wine from young vines planted on the limestone plateau on the southern slopes of Saint-Emilion. During the 2015 Coupe des Crus de Saint-Emilion, the estates were judged on the 2010, 2011 and 2012 vintages. The winemaker likes to describe these years as life partners, proof of romantic attachment that binds him to the land “2010 is the ideal man or woman. There’s everything. It is a complete wine with good acidity and a remarkable tannic form”. Turning the metaphor,
Paul Goldschmidt describes 2011 as a spouse: “This is a wine that can be relied on. It is more restrained but it will improve with age”. Finally, 2012 would be the lover: “This is a wine that is desired there and then, there is something immediate in it”. In 2015, the Coupe Saint-Emilion Grand Cru identified three facets of Château Le Prieuré terroir. In the coming years, Paul Goldschmidt will seek to produce wines that will express the terroir even more. The estate indeed began a three year biodynamics cycle.