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.
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.