Drapeaux de Floridène Rouge
Appellation : Graves Rouge A.O.C.
Denis & Florence DUBOURDIEU EARL
Phone : 05 56 62 96 51
Fax. : 05 56 62 14 89
Situation & History
"Drapeaux de Floridène" is located in Pujols sur Ciron in the Graves region. It was planted in the 70's by Pierre Dubourdieu and Pierre Costes, a renowned wine merchant in Langon and the Distributor of the Dubourdieu family wines till the early 90's.
In 1991 Pierre Costes sold his shares to Denis Dubourdieu. That same year the latter incorporated the white vineyard and a portion of the Red to the nearby Clos Floridène. In 2002, the remaining portion of the Red vineyard which was until then cultivated by Pierre Dubourdieu is re-united to the vineyard of Clos Floridène. "Drapeaux de Floridène" is now Clos Floridene second label.
From a geological standpoint, the soil of Pujols sur Ciron where most of the vineyard is situated, is much like the one of Barsac. A thin layer of red clayey sands, rich in iron oxide, and known as "Barsac red sands", tops the limestone bed rock. This limits the roots depth of the vine to about 50cm. The water that got stored within the slightly porous rock throughout the summer is progressively dispensed to the vine during the winter, thus preventing excessive water stress.
Wine making and ageing
Ripened harvest is handpicked and undergoes 20 to 25 days maceration at moderate temperature (25°C to 30°C). Ageing is performed both in oak barrels and stainless steel tanks.
With a deep and dark pomegranate robe, Drapeaux de Floridène Rouge is above all a wine with a sweet and smoky aroma, with touches of blueberry, wild strawberry and hearth. Its tannin flavours have the silky quality, powerfulness and freshness of Bordeaux Vintages.