Grand Enclos du Château de Cérons Blanc 2011 Graves

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White wines from Graves are, to our mind, the best white wines from Bordeaux. They have the specificity to be made with a big proportion of Sémillon – the grape usually used for Sauternes wines. This grape brings peachy and mineral aromas and a very floral nose, while the Sauvignon Blanc brings the freshness and the minerality to the wine. Partly aged in oak, it has everything of a big white wine. Simply beautiful!
 
Wine Characteristics Tasting and cellaring
Producer Grand Enclos du Château de Cérons Eye Straw to gold yellow
Vintage 2011 Nose  Fine nose of grapefruit, lemon and peach
Appellation Graves Mouth Intense and round from the Sémillon. Fresh, mineral and fruity from
Area Bordeaux   the Sauvignon. A perfect combination for an elegant white Bordeaux
Colour White Drink from Now
Grapes Sauvignon (51%) Drink before 2017
  Sémillon (49%) Open  30 minutes before
Type Dry Drinking temperature 8-10°C
       
Food pairing
 A great dry white to drink with white meat - like a roasted chicken - or a tasty monkfish tagine.
 
A word about the domain
Initially part of the Château de Cérons, property of the Marquis de Calvimont, the domain was created at the end of the 19th century after the split of the estate. It was more than a century later that it was finally reborn under the effort of an adventurous Italian engineer, Giorgio Cavanna, and its 3 partners. Born in Rome and raised in the Chianti where his father owned a renowned vineyard, Giorgio decided in 2000 to follow his own dream and to buy this lost domain. Well advised by his local partner Bertrand and Patrick Léon, the former winemaker of Mouton Rothschild, he has given its new reputation to the domain and his Graves and Cérons are now praised by the critics but more importantly by the wine lovers!
 
What experts say
About the domain
Bettane & Desseauve : 1*

About the wine
Wine Spectator: 89
“Juicy, with a core of grapefruit and Meyer lemon flavors wrapped in enticing gooseberry and tarragon notes that extend through the finish, where a light whiff of wet straw chimes in. Drink now through 2015.”

Le Guide Hachette des Vins: 1*
"Delicately fruity, elegant and typical"
 
And finally for the wine geeks…
Soil Flinty stones over gravely subsoil
Age of vines 15 to 70 years old
Yield 31 hl/ha
Harvest Manual
Maturing 8 months with lees stirring in barrels and stainless vats
Production 30,000 btls
Bottled September 2012
Alcohol 13%