The second wine of Château Climens, Cyprèe de Climens is 100% Semillon.
The history of the estate dates back to the 16th century but today it is in the ownership of the Lurton family with Bérénice Lurton currently at the helm.
The vineyards of Climens cover more than 30 hectares in one continuous vineyard surrounding the château and have an average age of 35 years.
Fermentation is in cask followed by a further 12 month period of maturation in barrel.
The wine has a lovely yellow/ amber colour with an aromatic nose, with vanilla hints, and notes of candied yellow fruits, apricot and honey. The palate is soft and rounded with excellent texture, richness and great length. A lovely Barsac.
Founded by Henri Jacqueson in 1947, succeeded by his son Paul in 1972 and joined by Paul’s daughter Marie in 2006, and more recently by his son Pierre, this domaine has long been recognised as one of the very best in the Côte Chalonnaise and its wines adorn the lists of many of the finest restaurants in France.
They have 13 hectares of wonderfully sited vines, many of which are very old, and prune hard to reduce yields to around 35 hl/ha. They only work the vineyards manually, with very minimal vine treatments. They are one of very few producers in the village (together with Dureuil-Janthial) to hand-pick everything. Extremely proficient winemaking and judicious use of new oak (20% for whites and 25% for reds) make for beautifully crafted, ripe, intense, sensual wines which have the class to belie their origins.
The delicious Rully Blanc is from three sites in Fromanges, La Barre and Chaponnières totalling 3 hectares.
There is toasty oak on the nose as well as fresh mineral aromas. The palate is full and generous with layered flavours and a creamy texture. The finish is long and persistent with firm grip from the balancing acidity.
Thierry Hamelin’s family domaine is 36ha in the villages of Poinchy, Lignorelles and Beines. He now works with his son, Charles, who has studied oenology and worked in New Zealand and other regions.
The Premier Cru Cru Beauroy is from a 3.9ha site on steep, south facing slopes at an inclination of 30-40° on Kimmeridgian soil. The vines were planted between 1980 and 1982. This type of soil, regarded as the best in the Chablis region, contains mineral-rich clay and has a high content of marine fossils which gives the soil its high lime content. This in turn gives the wines great intensity and character.
No wood is used with the wine being fermented and aged for 12-18 months in stainless steel.
Vivid pale yellow in appearance with a hint of green, the nose is very expressive with the aromas of white flowers and fresh minerality. The palate is dry, powerful and rich with the ripe fruit supported by fine acidity and excellent minerality. A Premier Cru of great elegance and finesse.
The Hamelin’s lost over 40% of the crop in 2016 because of hail and 55% in 2017 following 5 consecutive days of frost!. So a whole vintage has been lost in 2 years.
Originally created in 1946, the domaine is now run by Marie Jacqueson who took over from her father in 2006.
The property has long been recognised as one of the very best in the Côte Chalonnaise and its wines adorn the lists of many of the finest restaurants in France. They have 13 hectares of wonderfully sited vines, many of which are very old, and prune hard to reduce yields to around 35 hl/ha. They only work the vineyards manually, with very minimal vine treatments. They are one of very few producers in the village to hand-pick everything. Extremely proficient winemaking and judicious use of new oak (20% for whites and 25% for reds) make for beautifully crafted, ripe, intense, sensual wines which have the class to belie their origins.
“Chaponnières” is on quite deep clay/limestone soils, planted in 1985, and has generous, crunchy fruit.
Jean-Paul Balland has handed over the running of the domaine to his two daughters – Burgundy-trained oenologist Isabelle makes the wines, and Elise takes care of sales and admin from her impressively efficient office. They have some 20 hectares with fine plots on Le Grand Chemarin and Le Chêne Marchand.
The wines of Bué are full and rich in style, the Balland wines are a classic example from this village. It is said that Jean-Paul made the best wine in the village: we certainly don’t believe that Isabelle is doing any less well – lovely wines.
Only made in the finest years, the grapes (100% Sauvignon Blanc) for the “Grande Cuvée” are from a small parcel of Balland’s oldest vines – 45 years+. Hand harvested, the grapes are crushed in a pneumatic press and then the wine is fermented in 600 litre oak barrels (demi muîds) using natural yeasts. Ageing is again in demi muîds for 12 months with regular stirring (batonnage).
Bright and clear in appearance with a pale yellow hue. An initial bouquet of fresh herbs and white peaches follows on to hints of honey and spices with great complexity and intensity. The palate is rich and generous, dry but fat and rounded with zesty fruit, elegant acidity and hints of toasty oak. A tremendous example of an altogether different take on Sancerre.
Situated in Cadaujac, Château Lamothe-Bouscaut is an old wine estate dating back to the 17th century and beyond. The 12 hectare estate was bought by neighbouring Château Bouscaut in 1999 and is now part of the Lurton empire.
The white wine is from 35 year old Sauvignon Blanc (70%) and Semillon (30%) vines grown on limestone, clay and gravel soils.
Fermentation is in temperature-controlled stainless steel followed by 6-10 months in old oak.
Pale gold in appearance, the nose has aromas of exotic fruits and hints of vanilla. On the palate, the wine is dry, fresh and rounded with great depth and balancing acidity. The finish is very long.
A very reliable Cru Bourgeois property, Château Caronne Ste. Gemme is located in the Haut-Médoc adjacent to St.Julien. The property dates back to 1648 and has been in the Nony family since the 19th century. The estate consists of 45 hectares of vineyards and produces over 20,000 cases a year.
A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The wine is matured in oak barriques (20% of which are new, the rest being 2nd or 3rd fill) for 12 months. The château produces lovely elegant, Cabernet driven wine that ages beautifully as this 1998 vintage illustrates.
Despite its age the wine has masses of red fruit aromas with cedar and tobacco notes. The palate is full and elegant with soft fruit and gentle tannins. A delicious and rare example of affordable, mature claret.
The bottles have been refreshed and re-corked at the Château.
Situated in Cadaujac, a few miles south east of Bordeaux city, Château Lamothe-Bouscaut is an historic wine estate with its origins dating back to the 12th century. Today the property is owned by Sophie Lurton and Laurent Cogombles.
The vineyards cover 12 hectares with 9 hectares being in current production. The soil is composed of deep gravel and the vines have an average age of 35 years.
The 2016 Lamothe-Bouscaut rouge is 55% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc & Malbec.
After a manual harvest the grapes are fermented in thermo-regulated stainless steel tanks followed by ageing in oak barrels for 12-15 months.
Deep red colour in appearance, the nose is very attractive and expressive with lots of black fruit, liquorice and spicy aromas. The palate is full and rounded with layers of ripe fruit, hints of cedar and soft, supple tannins.
A 21 hectare property at St-Sulpice-de-Faleyrens on the hillside to the south west of the town of St.Émilion. In recent years new owners (the Escure family) and significant investment has allowed the property to improve and it is now producing very sound wines at sensible prices.
Predominantly Merlot (80%) with 10% each of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is dark purple/red in the glass with a nose full of ripe plum and prune notes with hints of cedar wood and spice. The palate is round and fleshy with flavours of bramble and plum supported by gentle tannins.
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