CHATEAU MASSEREAU, BORDEAUX, FRANCE
Fresh & fruity with notes of raspberry and hay. A smooth palate with a wonderfully balanced tannic structure. An elegant medium bodied dry red wine that is great on any given day
|Varietal||40% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot|
|Food||Great with any dishes - meat, salads, pasta|
|Style||Vinification in concrete vats followed by 10 months aging in two year-old oak barrels|
|Others||Natural wine. Vegan friendly|
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.
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