A Complicated Evolution The first written mention of vineyards in Saumur dates back to the year 515. They evolved under the strong influence of the monasteries. In addition, geographical proximity to the Loire River has encouraged the export of these wines. In this period, it used to be one of the most prosperous trading centres along the river. Saumur benefited ... Read More »
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Barsac is located within the larger Sauternes region. Like its neighbor, Barsac makes delicious sweet dessert wines. The wines from this 460-hectare AOC are made from sémillon, sauvignon blanc and muscadelle, and grown on clay limestone soils with pockets of gravel and sand. The low-lying lands are perfect for the development of Noble Rot, or Botrytis Cinerea. When this fungus ... Read More »
Château Pontet-Canet Appellation: Pauillac Classification: 5ème cru classé en 1855 Le potentiel de ce domaine, voisin de Mouton-Rothschild, est devenu évident lorsque le père d’Alfred Tesseron, père de l’actuel propriétaire, décida d’entreprendre de nombreux travaux d’amélioration de la propriété. Les sols graveleux de Pontet-Canet sont typiques de l’appellation Pauillac, tout comme les vins du domaine qui arborent une incroyable profondeur ... Read More »
Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux used to be known as Cotes de Castillon and was renamed in 2009. The appellation produces only red wines. Merlot is the principal grape, though some cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon are also blended. The AOC spreads over nearly 3,000 hectares, with a mix of sand, gravel, limestone, and alluvial soils. The resulting wines are elegant ... Read More »
Château Rieussec Appellation: Sauternes Classification: 1er cru classé en 1855 Before the French Revolution, the property belonged to Carmelite monks. Following the Revolution, it changed hands many times until it was purchased by Domaines Barons de Rothschild in 1984. This instituted a series of improvements, including new cellars and rigorous sorting to ensure quality. 90% sémillon, 7% sauvignon blanc and ... Read More »
The appellation of Pauillac takes its name from the eponymous city in the heart of the Médoc. Its 1,200 hectares of vines thrive in the area’s high-quality gravel and rock soils and temperate climate. Cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and petit verdot grow on a gentle slope facing the Garonne. Pauillac’s ageing potential is unrivaled. The wines are aromatic and intense, with ... Read More »
Saint-Julien is the smallest appellation in the Médoc. Its 910 hectares of vineyards benefit from high-quality gravel and marl soils. Saint Julien is particularly known for the ageing potential of its wines. They are also notable for their balance and equilibrium, both powerful and subtle at once. The appellation is home to 11 crus classes from the 1855 classification. 2015 ... Read More »