|Héritage du Seuil- Graves Appellation
Our objective with Héritage du Seuil is not only to fully recognize the potential for certain parcels of fruit but also to produce a different more concentrated and complex style of wine. It is not our intention to produce this wine every year but rather when it is warranted by the strength of the pending vintage.
Vineyard -The vines from which the grapes are selected are planted on a plateau of river gravel and sand deposits which has a sub soil of limestone, clay and iron pan. This plateau called 'Le Seuil' is over looking the Garonne River and enjoys all day sun. It is considered some of the best terroir in the Graves appellation. Yields are kept low at around 35-40 hectolitres/hectare by pruning and the canopy is managed to ensure good levels of ventilation around the grape zone and moderate sun exposure with deleafing.
Winemaking - Grapes are selected for Héritage in advance of the harvest. Additionally, post harvest, we employ a system of triage allowing for further grape selection. Primary fermentation is undertaken in specially modified rotating 400 litre new oak barrels after a period of 5-6 days of cold maceration and skin contact, the must wine is then allowed to macerate on the skins post fermentation to aid further extraction, tasting occurs each day at this stage of the process to ensure the tannins extracted are those which are desirable and not too angular.
The wine remains in these modified barrels to undergo Malolactic fermentation; the finished wine is then aged in a further set of new French oak barrels for 18-20 months. The wine is crafted with 100% new French oak reflecting the depth, concentration and power of the fruit. The use of two fresh oak barrels adds considerable complexity to the oak flavours and tannins that are nevertheless well integrated into wine due in part to the early exposure to oak. The deep purple colour also reflects the concentrated nature of the wine. The wine is unfiltered when bottled and is probably best put down for a further 3-4 years.
Château du Seuil - Graves Appellation
The wines from this appellation take their name from the deep river gravels that cover the entire plateau. This gravel is combined with sand, clay and limestone which all contribute to the uniqueness of the Graves and the characteristic minerality which is expressed in the wines.
Château du Seuil Graves white wine is a blend of approximately 70% of the Semillon variety and 30% Sauvignon Blanc, The Semillon is partially fermented in new French oak barrels using the OXOLINE system and bottled 6-9 months after the harvest. It is a wine that will develop interesting flavours with bottle age and will keep for up to 10 years. The wine is of an appealing golden colour, has a fresh aromatic bouquet, is full and fruity with a long aftertaste.
The Château du Seuil Graves red wine is made from a blend of 50%Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The different varieties are fermented individually in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures, then pressed and passed into barrels to undertake malolactic fermentation. The resulting wines are fruity, well balanced with integrated oak flavours and firm round tannins. Additionally, in recent years the wine has developed the peppery characteristics of a classic Graves red. The finished wine is aged in oak for up to 18 month prior to bottling. It is pleasing on the palate, fresh and have a complex aftertaste. Delicious to drink now but can be stored for up to 10 years.
Château du Seuil - Cérons Appellation.
The Cérons appellation is the original appellation of the village Cérons. It is a sweet wine appellation for a unique style of late harvest botrytis wine. The proximity to the river Garonne coupled with small tributaries of the Ciron river allow for the early morning autumn mists. These mists allow botrytis cinerea to flourish concentrating the flavours and sugars of the grapes. The grapes are hand picked and only those with sufficient concentration are chosen. Harvesting can take several weeks as pickers move through the vineyard up to three or four times. Typically the Château du Seuil Cérons sweet wine has a level of acidity that leaves the palate clean and dry and is a fresher style.
Château du Seuil - Bordeaux Rosé Appellation.
Chateau du Seuil Rosé is an aromatic and richer style of Rosé. Essentially a blend of two different winemaking methods. It is partially fermented from the free run juice of the red tanks after 24 hours of skin contact (known as saignee) and also partially from pressed red juice. In this portion of the blend, red grapes are pressed pneumatically then chilled to a very low temperature to allow for clarification. Alcoholic fermentation occurs entirely in stainless steel tanks.
The grapes are grown on terraces of river gravel and sand deposits with a sub soil limestone, clay, iron pan.
Our unique style is known for the clear expression of the fruit , clean acidity and its creamy texture on the finish
Domaine du Seuil
Premières Côtes de Bordeaux and Bordeaux Blanc
The vines are planted on a south-facing slope over looking the Garonne river above the medieval village of Rions. There are 10.0 hectares (6.6 hectares of red and 3.4 hectares of white). Some of the vines are up to 80 years old and yields are kept low (40hl/hectare) reflecting a preference for higher quality grapes with greater intensity of flavour at harvest time. The vineyards are predominantly gravelly slopes, ensuring excellent drainage. The small amount of clay present between the pebbles constitutes just enough water heat of summer.
The white wines are made from 80% Semillon (the oldest Bordeaux grape variety) and 20% Sauvignon Blanc). The red wines are made from approximately 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc..
The white grapes are both hand and machine harvested depending on weather conditions and grape quality. The grapes pass through a quality control triage system and are de-stemmed, then pressed gently in a state-of-the-art pneumatic press. Approximately 70% of the crop is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel cuvees and 30% in new oak barrels.
The red grapes are also hand and machine picked, these are left to ferment on their skins for 15 days under temperature controlled conditions in stainless steel tanks and then some of the wine is aged in oak. Oak aged wine is re blended prior to bottling to add greater complexity to the wine.
Both the red and white wines are bottled approximately 9 months after vintage to retain all the fresh fruity flavours and aromas .The Premiere Cote red wine is fruity with soft integrated tannins giving a long fine aftertaste. Emphasis is upon ripe fruit at harvest time and consequently the bouquet is strong and full of character with a deep, intense colour that takes on a brick-red tinge with age. The wines are ready for drinking immediately but will store for at least 5-8 years.
The Bordeaux Blanc is pale yellow in colour, with green highlights. The bouquet is strong and characterful, with aromas of broom flower, citrus fruit, peaches, and apricots. The wine is elegant, delicate and quite vivacious on the palate.