Chateau Des Eyssards.
Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
South West France, France
Made from a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon matured `sur lie`, this dry white Bergerac white wine is full and fruity. It retains a crisp, zingy acidity with hints of pineapple and gooseberry and fantastic weight on the palate.
- South West France
- Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
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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.
"Bergerac, lying just outside the confines of Bordeaux, can offer some great value wines. The whites in particular are worth looking out for. Based on the Sauvignon grape, as used in Sancerre and Pouilly Fume, the best are fresh, aromatic and crisp. The Chateau des Eyssards is a perfect example, with floral grassy aromas, light green fruits on a racy but stylish centre-palate, finishing dry. Great by itself or with lighter fish and seafood. As an everyday wine I don't see how you can do any better."
Chateau des Eyssards
A beautiful 48 hectare estate to the south-west of the town of Bergerac on the edge of the Dordogne