lunes, 18 de marzo de 2013

Chateau Vrai Caillou "Les Vignes de la Garenne", Bordeaux AC, Michel Pommier 2011


CHATEAU VRAI CAILLOU "LES VIGNES DE LA GARENNE, BORDEAUX AC, MICHEL POMMIER 2011

"This is a beautifully fresh wine, it has green tints, very elegant fruit aromas and a crisp clean finish. Serve chilled as an ideal accompaniment to shellfish". farehamwinecellar

"Is aclear white/green tinted colour and has aromas of melon, ripe fig and acacia blossom. This is a bright, fresh and elegant wine with flavours of peach and lemon and a hint of smoke and spice". bordeaux-undiscovered

- The blend is 70% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Semillon and 10% Muscadelle – the classic grape varieties that make the dry Bordeaux white wines.

- Winery: Chateau Vrai Caillou is located in the district of Soussac, in the Entre-Deux-Mers area between the Garonne river and the Dordogne River. It has been in the Pommier family since 1863 and, as was common at this time, was set up for mixed farming. It was mentioned in the Féret guide in 1879. The current owner is Michel Pommier and it was his grandfather that decided to concentrate purely on viticulture in 1920. The white grapes planted at Chateau Vrai Caillou are 70% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Semillon and 10% Muscadelle. The average age of the vines is 10 years old. There is skin maceration and fermentation is in steel vats.

- Price: £9.25

BORDEAUX BLEND WHITE WINE

The white Bordeaux blend is perhaps one of the most overlooked categories of wine in the world today. Up until the 1960s, vineyards in Bordeaux were dominated by white grape varieties, namely Semillon. Sauvianon Blanc and Muscadelle. However, changing tastes and fashions, as well as improved winemaking techniques making red Bordeaux more affordable to the general public, consigned white Bordeaux to the sidelines.

White Bordeaux is still produced in great volumes, but it is not exported on anywhere near the scale as its red counterpart. The white blend must contain at least 25% Sauvignon Blanc, though some chateaux prefer to embolden their wines with a high proportion of Semillon. The result is slightly heavier wines that are generally barrel-aged and designed for drinking five or more years after release.

In the prestigious Graves region, white Bordeaux wines can be consumed young and will display fresh citrus and grassy flavors; the style is usually associated with Sauvignon Blanc. Muscadelle adds some grapey aromas to the blend, while Semillon imparts texture and honeyed characteristics if the wine has had time to age.

Some sweet wines are made in Sauternes and Cadillac from the three white Bordeaux varieties, though Muscadelle is often omitted in these lusciously textured wines. Sweet white Bordeaux shows a range of honeyed lemon, orange marmalade, dried apricot and even preserved tropical flavors with, depending on age secondary notes of sweet nuts and treacle.

Related blends include: Sauvianon Blanc - Semillon.

ENTRE-DEUX-MERS

Entre-deux-mers is a large wine sub-region of Bordeaux in south-western France. Its name translates literally as `between two seas´, although the `seas´ in question are in fact rivers, the Garonne and Dordogne, which form the area´s southern and northen boundaries respectively.

Entre-deux-Mers is home to various appellations, which produce wines in various styles, from the sweet botrytized whites of Cadillac, Loupiac and Sainte-Croix-du-Mont to the dry table wines of Sainte-Foy, Haut-Benauge and Graves de Vayres. The regional Entre-deux-Mers appellation title itself applies uniquely to dry white wines made from Sauvianon Blanc, Semillon, Muscadelle and Uani Blanc. Interestingly, the majority of wine produced in the region is not sold under any of these titles, and is instead labeled as generic Bordeaux or as Bordeaux Supérieur.

Entre-deux-Mers occupies a substantial slice of the Bordeaux region, stretching from the Bordeaux city in the west almost all the way to the farmland outside Bergerac in the east. The landscape is mostly fertile and green, rolling gently between 33 and 330ft (10-100m) above sea level. However, vineyards have replaced some of the green landscape, with large patches of land being rapidly turned over to viticulture. The soils here are predominantly of alluvial type (sand and clay in varying proportions) - which is to be expected, given its name and location.

Many wine-growers in the region uprooted their white grape varieties in the mid-20th century, replacing them with more popular (and commercially viable) red varieties, such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvianon. The wines produced here are generally increasing in quality, but do not match those from areas such as Pomerol or the Medoc.

 References: farehamwinecellar and wine-searcher 

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