AOC Bordeaux Sec Chateau Couronneau
This biodynamic estate, whilst better known for its excellent Merlot based reds, also produces a thrilling white of top quality. From both Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris, the fermentation is carried out at low temperatures following a long maceration. This preserves all the freshness and concentration of fruit that will uplift all those that try it.
Recommended in the Evening Standard, 'From the biodynamic estate of Château Couronneau, this fresh and lively blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris has a good balance of citrus and sweet mango against a backdrop of flinty minerality. A long maceration and low-temperature fermentation keeps the flavours intense but never overdone.' Nuria Stylianou, May 2017 (2016 vintage)
89 Points - Tom Cannavan's Wine-Pages.com, 'A definite touch of flint and gunsmoke in this biodynamic Sauvignon Blanc from Bordeaux, then hints of sweet mango and nectarine on the palate and a streaking freshness of citrus into the finish. A lovely wine, pushing all sorts of delicious buttons, but with a savoury aspect too.' July 2016 (2015 vintage)
88 Points - The Wine Gang, 'A touch of flint and gunsmoke adding complexity then hints of sweet mango and nectarine, on to the streaking freshness of citrus on the palate and into the finish. A lovely wine, pushing all sorts of deliciously summery buttons.' June 2016 (2015 vintage)
The enthusiasm of Bénédicte and Christophe Piat, owners of this estate, is positively infectious. In the years since they bought the property, they have won gold medals aplenty, received glowing reviews from Robert Parker and countless other recommendations in wine publications at home and abroad for their fruit-driven, supple wines. Located at the highest point of the Gironde, the estate’s chalky clay soil rests on top of steep chalky substratum – perfect for the merlot grape, which thrives in these conditions.