Chateau Thieuley Cuvee Francis Courselle.
Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc
- Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc
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Château Thieuley is located close to the village La Sauve Majeure in the middle of Entre-deux-Mers. Francis Courselle is the man who has made this estate famous. He took over as winemaker from his father André in 1972. André had bought the chateau in the 1940s. Francis taught oenology at the University of Bordeaux and has established himself as an expert in white wines.
His Cuvee Francis Courselle is easily a rival for some of the great white wines of Burgundy. However, the local wine industry though he was crazy to make a white Bordeaux in this style, using oak barrels and producing a wine with great aging potential.
He was one of the people who have fought hardest to reestablish the good reputation of white Bordeaux wine – and he has succeeded well. Now the Domaine is mainly run by his two daughters, Sylvie and Marie, both trained oenologists.
"True to his ability to visit an established wine region and come away with a bargain that could thumb its nose at nominally more prestigious wines, the late Paddy Keogh discovered Chateau Thieuley in Bordeaux's Entre-Deux-Mers when all that region was known for was watery wines of dubious charm. Not this blend of Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon. The latter lends a smooth texture that is beautifully counterpointed by the former's green fruit perk."
"As good as many a fine white Burgundy and a lot cheaper"
"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"
"Gorgeous, rich and ripe luscious fruit aromas waft from the glass with almost New World brashness. More restraint is shown on the palate; almost delicate with a charge of nervy acidity electrified by citrus fruits. A sensual wine that delivers on length."
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.