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BORDEAUX CLAIRET 2016
CHATEAU MASSEREAU, BORDEAUX FRANCE
A rose-like wine that tastes beautifully when served slightly chilled. A fresh and clean easiest to drink red wine that is unfiltered with low added sulphite. This cabernet sauvignon and merlot blend is a summer weekend wine that omits an attractive nose of roses, currants and red berries.
- Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
- Great with cold salads or fresh fruits
- Manual grape harvest. Fermentation in oak barrels (3 years old) with bâtonnage. Ageing with bâtonnage sur lie during 6 months which allows, as an advantage too, the use of a very small quantity of sulfites
- Natural wine, no chaptalization, no acidification, no fining, no filtration (at the most very light), no freezing technique
Chateau (Ch.) Massereau was built in the 16th century, was owned by the Ducs de Epernon, and was originally 10 hectares in size. It was renowned for it wines up until about 100 years ago. Then the estate was sold and all the vineyards were absorbed into Ch. Doisy-Vedrines. That is - all except - the 1.1 hectares of vineyards that surrounded the Chateau. You see, Doisy-Vedrines already had a Chateau and they did not need another one. So, when they purchased the vineyards, the Chateau was parceled off and sold to a private family - and 1.1 hectares of vineyards went with it.
The vineyards stayed untouched and transferred with the Chateau through a couple of owners until 2000 - when the Chaigneau family saw its amazing potential and bought it. The vineyards had not been re-planted like the rest of the appellation and still contained the original Semillon (85%) and Muscadelle (15%) vines that made Sauternes famous. The vineyards had also never seen the intensified industrialized production that had hit the rest of the appellation: They were a little oasis of natural historical vineyards - in what had otherwise become a large Sauternes factory. True to the history of the property - the family decided to continue to farm the vineyard in the most natural way possible. No chemicals are ever used and the results are astonishing.