Vignobles Freylon comprises of some 43 hectares of vineyards located in the commune of Ruch, in the canton of Sauveterre de Guyenne, in the heart of the Bordeaux appellation, approximately 48 kilometres east of the city of Bordeaux itself. It is a family run concern and is led by Bruno Freylon, who is the viticulturalist and winemaker, and his brother Erick, who runs the administrative and commercial side of operations. They were also previous owners of Chateau Lassegue, a St Emilion Grand Cru.
The vineyards are planted with 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are three red wines produced, all Bordeaux Supérieur, Grangeotte Freylon, La Fleur des Joualles and the one we stock at Fareham Wine Cellar, Chateau des Joualles (see below). All of the wines therefore comply with the strict rules and regulation, vineyard yields etc. of the Bordeaux Superieur appellation.
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Chateau des Joualles was acquired by Vignobles Freylon in 1981 and they set about improving and renovating the property and installed a new modern winery. Whilst the Grangeotte Freylon and La Fleur de Joualles are both 60% Merlot / 40% Cabernet blends, Chateau de Joualles follows the vineyard planting and is a 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon blend. The grapes are sourced from vineyards with chalky clay / limestone soils.
The winemaking is a mixture of traditional and modern. The winery is equipped with thermo-regulated stainless steel tanks which allows good control over maceration and fermentation. The wine sees some oak aging, although I am not sure how much.
Chateau des Joualles is a dark, ruby, red coloured wine and is a good example of a Bordeaux Supérieur. Chateau des Joualles demonstrates has typical notes of cedar wood, tobacco, red berry fruits and cassis on the nose. The palate is soft and supple, there are more blackcurrant notes leading to a warm, lengthy finish. A Bordeaux made in the soft, supple and feminine style.