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Château de France Blanc 2013, Péssac-Leognan
Château de France Blanc 2013, Péssac-Leognan
Château de France Blanc 2013, Péssac-Leognan
Château de France Blanc 2013, Péssac-Leognan

Château de France Blanc 2013, Péssac-Leognan

Exquisite Péssac-Leognan - the Bordeaux insider's choice of appellation

From this small, multi award-winning estate comes a deliciously complex white with peach and pear aromas, hints of brioche on the citrus-rich palate and perfect balance.

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Wine at a glance

Colour glass of White
Very Dry
  • Bin no: 847248
  • Size: 75cl
  • Alc Vol: 13.00 %vol
  • Vintage: 2013
  • Closure: Cork
  • Grape: 0
  • Region: Bordeaux , France
  • Special Features: -

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Buyer's Notes

Tasting note

Honeyed and rich on the nose it hints at peaches and apricots with a citrus undercurrent that lifts. It follows through with ripe peach and pear and balanced fresh acidity and finally runs through to a long finish with subtle hints of apple crumble and custard. Still in its youth, it is tight and closed yet and will need time to open out to its full potential

Varietal mix: 20% Semillon, 80% Sauvignon Blanc.

Critic's score: Jancis Robinson: 16/20.

Château profile

With over 45 years of history, this small but perfectly formed estate has seen the vineyards entirely replanted and the cellar rooms completely renovated. Producing excellent red and white wines.

Chateau de France was built on the foundations of an ancient manor house at the end of the 17th by Philippe Decoud. The Château expanded its territory into Graves in the 18th Century. And in the 19th Century Jean-Henri Lacoste owned and managed the property for 32 years and created Chateau de France as it is today. In 1971 the property was bought, sight unseen, by Bernard Thomassin and it was his objective to restore Chateau de France and to give its wines the quality for which they are currently recognised.

He invested in replanting the vineyard, then by improving and restoring the winemaking facilities. Since 1996 The property has been in the hands of Bernard’s son Aurnaud Thomassin and he continues the tradition of improvement and investment. In his own words : " When I began to work at the winery, I paid particular attention to the vineyards as it is these which first have an effect on the wines we produce at Chateau de France." The soil is Deep Pyrenean gravel with a limestone-clay substrate. There are only 4 hectares of white vineyards and these are planted to 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20 % Semillon. The wine is undergoes 7 to 10 days alcoholic fermentation barrels his is followed by maturation in oak for nine to twelve months, 30% in new wood and 70% in one year old barrels. Michel Rolland has been the consultant winemaker since 1996 and this is clearly seen in the quality of the wines.

What is En Primeur?

Buying wine En Primeur or 'in the barrel' is an excellent way of securing some of the best wines of this year's vintage. From the top Crus to smaller, excellent value producers, the Waitrose Bordeaux En Primeur selection offers a superb range at all price points and is a great opportunity to invest in fine wines from this prestigious region.

Buying En Primeur from Waitrose is a simple and secure way to add some interesting wines to your cellar whilst offering a unique taste of this fascinating vintage.

Waitrose En Primeur prices are based on 6 bottles and exclude VAT and Duty, but include shipping from Bordeaux straight to your door (within mainland UK).

Find out more about buying En Primeur through us, as well as a detailed report of the vintage >

What happens next?

At the end of the En Primeur sales period (Summer 2014) you will receive a certificate of purchase from Waitrose Cellar. We will also bill you at the same time your certificate is sent. Your wine will be maturing in the barrel in Bordeaux for a further 2-3 years until it is bottled and released by the Château. When it is ready for shipment in Summer 2016 we will contact you to ask if you would like to take delivery or arrange longer term storage. If you choose delivery, then we will request payment of the duty and VAT applicable at the prevailing rate prior to delivery. If you prefer storage, professional cellarage under bond can be arranged with our fine wine storage partner Vinothèque at a competitive rate.

If you would like to chat through the selection or are looking for advice on how to buy En Primeur, please contact our wine specialists who will be happy to help. Call them on 01344 825523 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, or email enprimeur@waitrosecellar.com