Grape(s): Semillon 34%, Sauvignon Blanc 26%, Sauvignon Gris 25%, Muscadelle 15%
Localization: Bordeaux, France
Tasting Notes: With sandy-gravelly soils bordering the Gironde, and sand-clay-silt further inland, Château de la Vieille Tour benefits from an ideal microclimate—And they’ve been at it for over 180 years! Farmed biodynamically, this is “alternative Bordeaux” and it’s absolutely beautiful with more soul and story than most.
Notes: The sauvignons and muscadelle undergo a maceration pellicular or contact with the skins. The different varieties are vinified separately and all fermentations are done in stainless steel vats at cool temperatures. The wines are aged sur lie until blending and bottling. Although the art of blending is typically associated with red Bordeaux, this wine is a lovely example of its value in the production of white Bordeaux.
Food Pairing: Exceptionally easy-drinking, this style of wine is a delightful complement to light meals of chicken and fish – such as raw and lightly cooked shellfish like oysters and shell-on prawns, fresh crab and simply grilled fish such as sea bass. It also adds a sweet and buttery freshness to salads and appetizers.
The Domain: This property is situated outside the village of St. Michel de Lapujade which lies at the southern extreme of the Entre Deux Mers region. Lapujade translates as the hillside and the vineyard is a bucolic setting of rolling hills with soils of chalky clay and boulbenes (an old and fragile decarbonized chalky clay). The Boissonneau family has owned the property since 1839. Since 2007 the vineyard has been farmed organically and the domaine is in transition to being certified organic in 2011.