Estates / Chateau Falfas
Veronique & John Cochran
APPELLATION: AOC Cotes de Bourg
Château Falfas is a Biodynamic estate vineyard and winery in the Côtes de Bourg AOC on the right bank of the Bordeaux region. It was bought in 1989 by John Cochran, an American lawyer based in Paris, and his wife Véronique. They converted Falfas to Biodynamic practices (certified by the Syndicat International des Vignerons en Culture Bio-Dynamique or SIVCBD). Falfas has been certified Biodynamic to the Demeter Biodynamic standard since 1989. It is a founder member the SIVCBD, France’s first group of certified Biodynamic wine-growers, and whose logo is “Biodyvin”.
This is traditional in the best sense, with hand picking, fermentation in small cement vats after a short cold maceration, pressing in a manually operated vertical wooden basket press and ageing in barrels for a proportion of the blend. Some reserve wines are also kept back, in large oval-shaped oak foudres, allowing the tannins to soften so that these lots can be added to the main blend in small proportions as a seasoning.
Bordeaux is a world capital of wine and a center of gastronomy. This port city in Southwestern France is home to 10,000 wine-producing estates and 13,000 grape growers. The region consists of 38 sub-regions with 57 appellations.
Situated near the European Atlantic coast, Bordeaux's climate is temperate oceanic with cool winters and long, warm summers.
Bordeaux produces some of the world’s most expensive wines, and the red Bordeaux Blend is one of the most copied globally. A vast majority of Bordeaux reds are made with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, typically medium- to full-bodied with high tannin and aromas of black currant, plums, and earthy notes. Bordeaux whites are made from Sauvignon blanc, Sémillon, and Muscadelle.
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