Patrick Carteyron completely masters his range of wines to offer us products of irresistible charm that combine stunning fruitiness, smoothness and excellent cellaring potential.
Wines from Bordeaux are the quintessential image of French wine around the world. The region has 117,500 hectares of vineyards and produce 5,700,000 hl of wine in an average year.
The vineyards are wrapped around the Garonne, Dordogne and their shared estuary, the Gironde.
The climate in Bordeaux is temperate, with the vineyards themselves protected from the ocean by the département of Landes. Frosts are infrequent and while the spring and summer are sometimes fairly wet, a fine autumn is often the determining factor for the quality of the vintage.
The Bordeaux subsoil tends to be rather diverse. As a result, major vintages are often grown on gravelly hilltops, while the surroundings are made up of limestone or clay sediments les. Part of the complexity of Bordeaux stems from the way the grape type and subsoil combine to work their magic.
Grape types – red: merlot (60%), cabernet sauvignon (25%), cabernet franc (11%), as well as petit verdot and malbec.
Grape types – white: semillon (53%), sauvignon (35%), muscadelle (6%), as well as colombard and ugni blanc.