Chateau Tournefeuille is an amazingly balanced and tasty Bordeaux. Made from Merlot and Cabernet Franc from biodynamically farmed grapes, this classic wine hails from the AOC of Lalande-de-Pomerol, literally a stone's throw from the more famous Pomerol appellation, and more importantly, adjacent to Pomerol's most famous winery, Chateau Petrus.
I visited this winery a few years back, and was amazed at their quiet determination to produce a very high quality wine at am extremely reasonable price - $29.99 per bottle.
Château Tournefeuille is located in the village of Néac in the commune of Lalande-de-Pomerol, approximately four miles from the town of St. Emilion and from the town of Libourne. The château and chai are situated on a hill atop the valley of the Barbanne, a small stream that separates Lalande-de-Pomerol from the more famous wine-producing appellation of Pomerol. Just on the other side of the Barbanne from Tournefeuille lies Château Pétrus, one of Bordeaux’s best-known wine estates. The vineyard of Tournefeuille encompasses 45 acres
Wine has been produced from Tournefeuille’s vineyards for over two hundred years. Tournefeuille was owned and run by the Sautarel family for several decades. In 1998, Tournefeuille was purchased by the childhood friends François Petit and Francis Cambier and their respective families. François Petit’s son Emeric runs the chateau day-to-day. The Petit and Cambier families have made significant investments to improve the wine, including the introduction of more natural viticultural techniques and a more stringent selection of grapes.
La Revue du Vin de France noted that the property is “in good hands” with the new owners and that “their efforts have started to bear fruit… the first vintages of the new century are of a quality that bears no resemblance whatsoever to what was produced there until recently.”
Tournefeuille's vineyard is defined by its southwestern-facing slope. The soil on the slope features a high blue clay content while the plots at top of the hill are more gravelly, a terroir typical of the Pomerol appellation.
The vines, the majority of which are more than 30 years old, are split between the slope and the hilltop. The wine is composed of 70% merlot and 30% cabernet franc. Vinification is performed in a concrete thermo-regulated fermenting room. The wine is then aged for 12 months in French oak barrels