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La Tourbeille Vineyard

A French-American family. A family vineyard for a hundred years.

John & Mary Sandifer

John & Mary Sandifer   (photo: “Vignes au Vins en Pays Foyen”)

Our 25 acre vineyard (60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet France, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon) is perched on a sunny hilltop above the Dordogne River on bedrock of limestone, in ideal limestone-clay soil. To encourage valuable biodiversity we preserve the old forests that surround the vineyard and fruit trees amidst the vines. Matured, organic fertilizer comes from cows grazing on our pastures. The modern winery with custom made stainless steel tanks and oak barrels is manned by our enthusiastic, 4th generation French-American family.

For our 2011 and 2012 Red vintages we selected our choicest parcels of Merlot to create an artisanal vin de terroir. La Tourbeille wines reflect the unique character of this land: fruit forward, full bodied and harmonious; notes of rich black fruit, long on the palate with a lingering finish.

In 2014 and 2015 family and friends helped us hand harvest from Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to create a delicate Rosé.  “L’esprit de Jeanne,  is elegant, dry and refreshing, with notes of red currant and pomegranate.

Our 2014 and 2015 Reds are now gathering smoothness in their tanks.  Both are very promising vintages. We have set aside 900 bottles of the 2014 to age in oak barrels for a second cuvée of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

Wine Statistics:  Vintage 2011 Red

Appellation: Bordeaux Supérieur

Composition: 100% Merlot

Alcohol: 13.3%

pH: 3.5

TA: 3.64

Bottles produced: 12,000

Winemaker: John & Mary Sandifer

 

Wine Statistics: Vintage 2012 Red

Appellation: Bordeaux Supérieur

Composition: 100% Merlot

Alcohol: 14%

pH: 3.58

TA: 3.48

Bottles produced: 18,500

Winemaker: John & Mary Sandifer

 

Wine Statistics: Vintage 2015 Rosé

Appellation: Bordeaux Rosé

Hand Harvest

Composition:  57% Cabernet Franc, 33% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alcohol: 13%

pH: 3.30

TA: 4.37

Bottles produced: 1800

Winemaker: John & Mary Sandifer