Château Thieuley Cuvee Blanc
Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris
Bordeaux AOC , Bordeaux, France
From Entre-Deux-Mers, a terroir which is renowned for fresh white wine in Bordeaux. The Courselle sisters have dedicated half their production to white wine. Harvested and fermented in concrete vats and resting on its lees. According to Jancis Robinson’s Purple Pages, “It reminded me of Margaret River whites with its shimmering, verdant fruitiness, backed up by savoury, leesy flavour.”
The Sauvignon Blanc in this blend gives a rich and fragrant nose of citrus and some stone fruits. The palate is rich; starting with lemon flavours from the Sauvignon before building to richer stone fruit flavours with nice texture and acidity. The very long finish shows some mineral complexity—a white wine crafted by passion.
Organic methods and Terra Vitis certification.
- Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris
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Sylvie and Marie Courselle are sisters and oenologists from Bordeaux. Together, they run Château Thieuley, their family estate near La Sauve in Entre-Deux-Mers, Bordeaux. Château Thieuley was bought by their grandfather in 1950, but it was their father, Francis Courselle, who made the estate famous. He was a renowned expert in white wines and an oenological educator at Bordeaux University. To spite this recognition, Francis Courselle truly earned Château Thieuley's reputation by making outstanding white wines that rival the great white wines of Burgundy.
Marie and Sylvie Courselle were raised in vineyards and wineries, steeped in the practice and culture of winemaking. It is here where they inherited their father's passion for wine and created Le Petit Courselle.
"Le Petit Courselle is the brother we never had when we were young so, instead, we brought him to life in our imagination to share our adventures, our silliness and our magical childhood moments. The two wines "Les Copains" and "Les Copines" (Friends!) reflect who we are - they're happy wines, full of generosity for bringing people together and sharing."
Marie & Sylvie Courselle
"The special cuvée from Thieuley known as Francis Courselle sells out rapidly every year buth this more basic white wine is a stunner. It’s pungent but elegant on the nose, with firm fruit and a racy backbone of mineral acidity, a very grown up wine that puts many a Sancerre to shame."
"Dry white Bordeaux improves each vintage and new winemakers such as Francis Courselle's daughters Sylvie and Marie are well aware of its winning style. I'd much rather have this zesty, greengage-charged, dry wine as a festive apéritif, or great smoked salmon or seafood partner, than a boring, needlessly expensive Chablis or Poully Fumé."
The name « Thieule » comes from the ancient French word tioule, a tile factory that used the local clay, the key component of the great Bordeaux vineyards. Our soils are a mix of clay and gravel. In Clos Sainte Anne, the quality of the terroir lies in the combination of a southerly exposure of the slopes with the deep gravel soils on the top of a fine clay and calcareous subsoil. All these factors help the grapes to reach perfect maturation, especially Merlot.