Friday, March 23, 2007

Fronsac, Sauternes

Yesterday morning, visit of Château La Dauphine, property owned by Vignobles Jean Halley in Fronsac, with I think 30 hectares on southern slopes, it is one of the most beautiful properties in Bordeaux.

Their great wine 2006, Château La Dauphine is of the same level as a classified growth, the owners and the team, with the help of Professor Denis Dubourdieu, do very serious work. The means used are simply colossal. This great wine, as always in Fronsac, will cost 15 to 20 Euros, including VAT, at retail. Of course, people prefer to talk about the price of expensive Bordeaux (around 50 Euros) and rarely about these wines for informed amateurs and not show-off.
In the afternoon, visit with the future owner of a nice wine from Saint Emilion, info and photos as soon as the project will be finalized.

I tasted Yquem 2006, which proves again by its success its magical terroir and know-how of its team. This year, the wine seems airy, hard to spit.
Sauterne and Barsac wines are maybe at the beginning of a great success when sommeliers will notice the possibilities to pair them with great food, Chinese cuisine being the most promising.
If you meet Xavier Planty from Château Guiraud with his organic vision of wine or Jérôme Cosson from Château d’Arche with his simplicity, one can only be seduced by this beautiful region and its wine.


Dan said...

What a joy to "trip" over your blog and read about Fronsac, too long ignored. Perhaps your interest and comment will bring more attention to another magnificent Bordeaux appellation. I still drink 85 and 86 from several producers!

Jean-Luc Thunevin said...

I believe that Fronsac is the forgotten appellation of Bordeaux where wines can compete with many classified growth. Take for example Chateau Haut Carles, Haut-Mazeris, the quality price rapport is one of the best in Bordeaux. If the press gets behind this appellation, the consumers might just notice. Thank for these encouraging words.

Anonymous said...

Hello, im from Uruguay, South America, im working in a Winery over here, but i would like to do some winery work in France, with professor Denis Dubourdieu, do you know if he take people for internship?? Thanks for any kind of information you can provide me. my email is;