David and Hélène Barrault took over this small vineyard in ’97. Blessed with rich clay and limestone soils this vineyard possesses fantastic southern exposures and overlooks the Gironde River. The chateau takes its name from a colorful local tale about what small animals “leave behind” before climbing the Tire Pé hill. The Barrault’s farm there ten to fifteen year-old vines organically and great care is taken to gently extract the supple fruit and terroir, that Bordeaux is so well known for, into each cuvee they produce.

Certification: Practicing organic since 2008, and officially converting since 2011 (ECOCERT)

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Tire Pé: — Back to the top

Tire Pé tech sheet

Age of Vines: 10 to 15 years

Yields: 3300 and 5000 vine/ha that yield 40/45 hectoliters=20,000 bts produced.

Pruning Method: Mixed guyot pruning

Soil: Clay and limestone.

Varietals: 95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Vinification Method: Grapes are harvested by hand and destemmed. Each plot is harvested and fermented separately. The grapes undergo three to four weeks of cool maceration for a soft extraction. The wine is aged for eighteen months in concrete tanks. The wine is bottled without systematic filtration.

Tasting Note: Deep ruby in the glass with red currant, blackberry, bramble and pounded stones. Ripe red and black fruit dominates the palate that gets a nice boost from the wines natural acidity. This is a buoyant and easy drinking red that finishes with light tannins.

Pairing: Grilled beef or lamb, pork loin, grilled ham, roasted vegetables and lighter cheeses.


Tire Pé Diem: — Back to the top

 

Age of Vines: 10 to 15 years.

Yields: 33000 to 5000 vines/ha=14,000 bottles.

Pruning Method: Mixed guyot.

Soil: Clay and limestone.

Varietals: 100% Merlot

Vinification Method: Grapes are harvested by hand and destemmed. Each plot is harvested and fermented separately. The grapes undergo a short 8 to 12 day cool maceration for a soft extraction. The wine is aged for eight to ten months in concrete tanks. The wine is bottled without systematic filtration.

Tasting Note: Ruby in the glass with shimmering purple highlights. This youthful wine has a bright nose of fresh red fruit backed by a dusting of cedar infused minerality. Buoyant and fruity on the palate the Tire Pé Diem is packed with juicy red currant, crushed plum and sweet herbs. This is a pretty red with an easy fruity profile and a lingering finish.

Pairing: Works well with picnic fare, baked chicken, grilled beef, spicy pasta dishes or with mild cheeses.


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La Côte tech sheet

Age of Vines: 35 years old

Yields: 30-35 hl/ha.

Pruning Method: Double Guyot.

Soil: Clay and limestone.

Varietals: 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc

Vinification Method: Grapes are harvested by hand & destemmed. The grapes undergo three to four weeks of cool maceration for a soft extraction. The wine is vinified in tank & the wine is aged in 300 & 400-liter old oak barrels for twelve to fourteen months, then spends 4-5 months in concrete tank. The wine is bottled without systematic filtration.


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Tire Pé Les Malbecs tech sheet

Age of Vines: 10 to 15 years

Yields: 30 hl/ha.

Pruning Method: Double Guyot.

Soil: Clay and limestone.

Varietals: Malbec.

Vinification Method: Grapes are harvested by hand & destemmed. The grapes undergo three to four weeks of cool maceration for a soft extraction. The wine is vinified in old oak barrels & the wine is aged in 300 & 400-liter old oak barrels for twelve months. The wine is bottled without systematic filtration.

Tasting Note: Deep ruby in the glass with red currant, blackberry, bramble & pounded stones. Ripe red & black fruit dominates the palate that gets a nice boost from the wines natural acidity. This is a deep & profound offering from Tire Pé that will age gracefully for a decade. Enjoy it now after an hour in the decanter.

Pairing: Grilled beef or lamb, hearty winter stews, aged cheeses, pork loin, grilled ham & roasted root vegetables.