Perched majestically on the top of an amphitheatre shaped escarpment, overlooking their own vines at the front, with a wonderful view of Saint-Emilion in the distance, Château Puynormond epitomizes vigour, youth, passion and patience through the accumulated experience of four generations. I met the current owner, Philippe Lamarque, during my wine studies, as we were at the same wine school. After a few weeks, Philippe invited some of his classmates to visit the vineyard, which belonged to his parents then, in the beautiful village of Montagne Saint-Emilion (north east of Saint-Emilion). I still remember vividly the warm welcome of his parents and how easy their wine was to drink. So easy to drink that I forget the number of bottles and different vintages that his father gave us to taste that day.
The vineyard is 12 hectares large (about 30 acres) and the majority of the vines are situated on a south facing hill-side. The quality of the wine is improved by carrying out a green harvest before the remainder of the grapes are harvested manually. The vines produce about 45 hectolitres per hectare for the “Vieilles Vignes” wine and 55 for the normal wine.