The wine is pale pink in colour and shows elegant raspberry and berry fruit aromas on the nose. The palate packs delicious notes of strawberry, raspberry, citrus and vanilla, all underlined by a refreshing acidity. The finish is long, dry and refreshing.
Mike Bennie - The Wine Front "This is 90% merlot with the rest cabernets franc and sauvignon. Pretty simple sort of production, via fancy machinery – new machine harvester with sorting table, into truck tray with sorting section, into vibrating hopper, light crush into gentle pump, through cooling system, pressed in a big fancy press of some 30, 000 bottles of juice, sent to big tanks, settled and racked, left for its time until bottling. The only rose in the world sold officially en primeur (in the UK). Huge following for this wine. Salmon coloured wine. Pretty. White strawberry, red cherry, cinnamon spice, red apple, faint citrus characters. Edgy in the palate, firm, then washy through the finish. Has a high refreshment factor, though flavours are pretty light on and cranberry-like acidity is the major feature. Drinks well, albeit without much to it. Guess that’s ok."
From the Producer
It was an average winter in Bordeaux, compared to the winter in the past seasons. It was cooler in mid-January, colder in mid-February and ended in a significantly colder month of March. The end of winter made it possible to delay the bud burst, thus helped to avoid spring frost. It was reversed to a particularly dry condition in March.
Temperatures are rising in April which allowed a regular bud break. The flowering took place mainly during the first fortnight of June in very favorable conditions: temperature is slightly above average and very low precipitation: this allows a homogeneous and rapid flowering and a correct rate of setting. The clusters are of moderate size and are not crowded.
The hot conditions appeared early (2nd fortnight f of June), the green berries did not fear the scalding but the aromas of the plants began to lessen. The vines began to suffer from dehydration, but the rainy season that ceased at the end of July, unblocked the maturation period of the grapes. The rainfall in this area (Château de Sours) was lesser than the other parts of Bordeaux, they allowed the maturation period to end quickly and in homogeneity, but the berries remained small, there was no dilution effect.
During the month of August, the maximum temperature was moderate during the maturation period, it was favorable to the preservation of the aromas on the white wines. There was almost no rain in September, this allowed a stress-free harvest, and resulted in excellent quality and excellent sanitary characteristics.
At Château de Sours, the harvest started at the end of August (August 27th) for our sparkling wines. The grapes were already expressive, very fruity with a beautiful vivacity.
Then we continued on the first week of September on our white wines, the whites of Château de Sours have very expressive aromas between the white fruits and the exotic fruits, they have a tension which allowed an amazing balance. The grape harvest for red wines started after September 15th, it was characterized by an important tannic and silky tannins which was combined with an acidity and a preserved aromatic complexity.
For the first time, we decided to devote to the quality of this vintage, to create a quality above our superior quality, we decided to ferment and to raise this exceptional cuvée only in new barrels, the wine is thus sublimated and can be kept for as long as several decades. This is a good vintage with controlled productivity under perfect conditions. A dream for all oenologists/winemakers: quality, control and pleasure ...
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WBW Rating: 92/100
Region: Bordeaux, France
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