Grape(s): 45% Sauvignon Blanc, 45% Sauvignon Gris, 10% Semillon
Localization: Bordeaux, France
Tasting Notes: Very aromatic, floral and fresh nose, with nuances of white peach and flint. Notes of honey, apple, pear, lime, and minerality.
Food Pairing: Excellent with lean fish, shellfish, appetizers, and vegetarian, pork, or poultry dishes.
The Domain: Coming from the 9th generation of winegrowers in his family, Joël Duffau has inherited passion. A true craftsman of wine, he worked with determination and conviction for the organic certification of Château La Mothe du Barry and Château les Arromans. Today all the wines produced, all appellations combined, are certified AB. It also wishes to reduce its impact on the environment by selecting packaging for its bottles in line with its values and its responsibility related to the environment and sustainable development.
Joël took over Chateau La Mothe du Barry Vineyard here in Moulon, the family home (nine generations of winegrowers), in 1985. The vines are planted on the clay & limestone slopes of the village, a terroir the Merlot grapes thrive on. From his studies and work placements in France and abroad (Burgundy, Beaujolais, Rioja, California…) he retained his natural curiosity and a taste for discovering all things new which enable him, vintage after vintage, to evolve in his winegrowing and winemaking techniques.
This, in turn, allows him to produce ever more expressive wines, of which the Cuvée le Barry is praised every year in several wine guides. His other wines are also renowned for their quality, like his Entre-Deux-Mers, produced from vines planted on boulbene (fine siliceous soil) terroirs, situated in Naujean et Postiac (white grape varieties absolutely love boulbene terroirs!)
It’s because of Joëls’ passion for this terroir, so typical of Entre-Deux-Mers area, but also because of his motivation to go back to nature and its core values that he started the process of converting to organic viticulture in 2009. The certification is obtained for all Bordeaux Superieur and Bordeaux Clairet with the vintage 2013.