This unoaked Entre-deux-Mers Blanc from Chateau de Fontenille is a blend of Sauvignon(40%), Sauvignon Gris (20%), Semillon (20%) and Muscadelle (20%). It’s a great wine, full of fruit with plenty of character but without being heavy or rich. The perfect all round white with the freshness of Sauvignon Blanc and the juicy stone fruit flavour of Sauvignon Gris and Semillon, plus a delicate floral note from Muscadelle.
Vines have been grown at Château de Fontenille since the 13th century and a pilgrimage route, protected by UNESCO, runs through the vineyards to the neighbouring Abbaye de la Sauve-Majeure, whose monks tended the vines for hundreds of years. Stéphane Defraine bought the property in 1989 and has gradually renovated the estate. As the president of the local ‘syndicat’, Stéphane’s passion for the Entre-Deux-Mers region is clear.
Stéphane now owns 49 hectares of vines in total, of which 17 hectares are planted with white varieties. Situated at an altitude of 110 metres above sea level, between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, the vineyard’s free-draining gravel and clay soils, as well as the high winds in the area, ensure healthy, balanced grapes packed with flavour at harvest. The wine underwent some lees aging to add texture and richness. 12.5% ABV.