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Producer: Château de RouillacGrape Varieties: Sauvignon Blanc 85%, Sauvignon Gris 10%, Semillon 5%Optimum Drinking: Within 5 yearsWine Style: Complex textural dry whiteAlcohol by Volume: 13%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: France
Elegant and aromatic, with notes of lemon tart and freshly cut pineapple on the nose. The palate is rich, yet refreshing with notes of dried apricots, pink grapefruit and hints of star anise. Silky and luxurious, with harmonious balance and finesse on the finish.
Based in Pessac Leognan on the left bank of Bordeaux, the elegant and noble Château de Rouillac is imbued with a historic past. In the 19th century Château de Rouillac was owned by Baron Haussmann, who produced a delicious wine which is said to have delighted Napoleon III. The current proprietor Laurent Cisneros and his family took up the reins of this magnificent property in 2009, passionately championing sustainable and environmental practices. The property has had a long association with horses and possesses beautiful stables; Titan their huge and impressive horse is still used today to plough the exceptional gravel soils in the vineyard. Renowned oenologist Eric Boissenot produces wines which are delicately blended with the utmost precision to reveal their optimum expression.
2016 has been lauded as an excellent and classic vintage. Bordeaux saw a wet spring in 2016, which built up the soil water reserves nourishing the vines throughout the exceptionally dry summer which followed. The glorious, warm, dry days were coupled with cool nights, perfect for grape maturation and concentration of flavours. The grapes were in excellent health and reached perfect levels of maturity.
The property is located in the Pessac-Léognan appellation and is right at the entrance to the city of Bordeaux. The vineyard sits on an exceptional terroir of gravel. The estate covers 36 hectares of which 26 hectares are planted with vines. The vines are cultivated sustainably with respect for the environment and the biodiversity on the estate. Herbicides are not employed; instead, Titan the mighty draft horse works the land in the traditional manner. The grapes are manually harvested.
The grapes were carefully sorted and pneumatically pressed under cool conditions. Fermentation took place in new French oak barrels. The wine spent 10 months on the lees in oak barrels, of which 60% were new oak, 30% were barrels of second passage. Daily 'bâtonnage' or lees stirring took place, imbuing the wine with texture and complexity.
An elegant match for fish, poultry in a delicate sauce or fine cheese.
Sauvignon Blanc 95%, Sauvignon Gris 5%
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