|Sauv Gris, Sauv Blanc, Sémillon
Reflecting light and heat to aid ripeness, and with good natural drainage forcing vines to dig deep for water, the gravel-rich terroir of Bordeaux’s Graves region excels in full-flavoured, naturally balanced reds and, in this case, gloriously expressive, grapefruit-citrussy, sauvignon blanc-based whites. David Williams, The Observer (May 2022)
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(From a piece suggesting wine pairings for Chinese New Year)
Pair with Prawn Chow Mein
This elegant, richer style of dry white from Graves stands up perfectly to heartier dishes such as Asian Pork of Prawn Chow Mein.
This white Bordeaux is grown on classic Graves terroir made up of gravel and seashells. The result is a wine with a wonderful texture and notes of elderflower, blackcurrant leaf and ripe grapefruit, concluding with a refreshing mineral note.Tom Lewis - cambridgewineblogger.blogspot.com (Feb 2022)
Sharp Sauvignon Blanc character on the nose, bright and perky, tomato leaf, lemongrass and citrus, a lovely summery feel to this. Rating: 91 Jane Anson, Decanter (Oct 2021)
The 2020 Château de Cérons Blanc presents a perfumed and slightly honeyed nose, a little richer than its peers. The palate is balanced and likewise honeyed in both texture and taste, with low acidity and touches of peach and mango toward the finish. Drinking range: 2023 - 2027 Rating: 85-87 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (May 2021)
Château de Cérons
Ever in the shadow of its illustrious neighbours, the small region of Cérons sits just downstream of Barsac and Sauternes. As the name suggests, the major presence here is the Château de Cérons. In keeping with the location, the tradition has been to make sweet wines (and Château de Cérons do, indeed, make a delightful sweetie) but more interesting perhaps are the immaculate red and dry whites. Brimming with class and a polished finesse - the wines are seriously smart and delicious The property is run by Caroline and Xavier Perromat. Caroline worked at Haut Bailly for 15 years alongside Véronique Sanders - they both arrived there in 1998, but now she is working with her husband with his family estate. This is one to watch in the Graves, with brilliant white wine to rival many Crus Classés, and red of superb refinement and delicacy of tannin. They are working towards a fuller feel to the red wines here, year by year. There is also a small volume of Cérons, the tiny appellation for sweet wine which is a bit lighter and dryer than most Sauternes, refined and very elegant. They farm organically, although are not yet official with this - but the property has just received HVE3 (High Environmental Value) certification.
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