Chateau des Eyssards.
Merlot, Cabernet Franc
South West France, France
Why Bergerac is not included in the Bordeaux A/C I will never understand. The conditions for growing are virtually identical. This may be a good thing for the customer, as if it came under the Bordeaux jurisdiction the price would sky rocket. This wine exudes ripe plumb fruit with a hint of strawberry, while the ripe tannins keep everything flowing.
- South West France
- Merlot, Cabernet Franc
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Pascal Cuisset cuts a prominent figure in the vineyards close to Le Monastier in Bergerac. He is a chest-out, broad-shouldered, hulk of a man and if you’re lucky enough to meet him we’d advise caution when reaches out to shake your hand.
He is the textbook gentle giant though and his three passions are winemaking, the tuba and rugby. His relaxed manner belies the passion he has for his Bergerac appellation which he feels has untapped potential great wines to be produced. It was traditionally seen as the ugly sister to Bordeaux’s Cinderella and being a neighbour of the world’s most powerful wine region has not made things easy for Bergerac winemakers.
But this is precisely why we looked for great winemakers like Pascal here. The fact is that wines can be produced that are the equal of most in Bordeaux (and better than many that are just happy to trade on Bordeaux’s prestige) at a fraction of the cost.
Pascal’s creations epitomise this. As the leader of and tuba player with the local brass band you would expect his wines to be exuberant and they certainly don’t disappoint. His reds in particular are vivid expressions of Merlot and Cabernet Franc with aromas that jump from the glass. His whites, meanwhile, are wonderfully expressive blends of Sauvignon Blanc in the Bordeaux style.
Chateau des Eyssards
A beautiful 48 hectare estate to the south-west of the town of Bergerac on the edge of the Dordogne