France > Bordeaux & Bergerac
Bordeaux, the vast region along the Dordogne and Garonne Rivers which conjoin at the city of Bordeaux to form the Gironde Estuary, is home to some of the world's most classic grape varieties. Best known for Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, the region is also home to Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Carmenere. For whites, the district produces wines from a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semilllon, often with a touch of Muscadelle.
Broadly, the region is divided into three primary districts: The Left Bank (Medoc and Graves) where Cabernet Sauvignon predominates, the Right Bank (Saint Emilion, Pomerol and various satellite appellations) where Merlot predominates and the primary Cab is Cabernet France, and the hilly region between the two rivers, including Entre Deux Mers, Bordeaux Superieur and others.
Terroir's portfolio includes a range of Bordeaux wines, from basic Bordeaux Rouge to Graves and Saint Emilion, and the unique Chateau M, a "Vin de France" from the Bergerac region just to the east of Bordeaux, and made of 100% pure Merlot (red) and Semillion (white).
chateau la perriere (Bordeaux Rouge)
La Perriere is composed of 67% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. Soft and plummy, and took a Silver at the Paris Concours!
Chateau Cazenave (Saint Emilion Rouge)
Composed of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc from vines averaging 40 years. Grown in gravelly siliceous soils, the wine is elegant and balanced with great ageing potential.
The Bergerac region, just to the east of Bordeaux, shares many aspects in common with its better-known neighbor to the west. Reds are made primarily of Caberernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a touch of Cot (Malbec) while the whites are mainly Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon with a bit of Sauvignon Gris and Muscaelle. Chenin Blanc, Ugni Blanc and others are also grown. Vines were first established by the Romans, and after a nasty interlude under the Saracens when the vines were ordered pulled up, the region has been a wine producer since the 1200's.
Chateau-M (Bergerac Blanc & rouge)
Deep in the heart of Montravel, along Bergerac's western border, lies the Chateau de Montravel. The property dates to the 15th century, although the present Chateau was constructed in the 18th. Presently owned by Philippe & Annette Blandinieres, who have spent the past decade restoring the house and gardens.
Today, the Chateau produces two wines, one of pure Merlot and one of 100% Semillon. Because the Montravel appellation, named for the Chateau in 1936, requires both reds and whites to be multi-variety blends, these stunning wines are classified as mere "Vins de France." And because the Montravel name is now a legal appellation controlee, the wines are bottled under the Chateau-M label.
Chateau La Fleur Clemence (Graves Blanc)
A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Sauvignon Gris, this pale gold wine shows notes of citrus and white peach. Fresh, fruity, and well balanced, with good acidity and a lingering finish.
Chateau Tour Chapoux (Bordeaux Rouge)
Tour Chapoux, a lush and fruity Bordeaux from vineyards just northeast of the city of Bordeaux in Entre Deux Mers, is produced of a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
The Comin family have been making wine since 1884. The estate has a long history dating back to the thirteenth century, when The Order of the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem set up a commandry there. Today, the mediaeval buildings have long since gone, but there is a charming eighteenth century farmhouse which the Comins have restored.
100% Semillon from a single hectare of 23-year old vines grown in limestone soils. Hand harvested and vinified with no oxygen to preserve the fruit aromatics. Big and buttery with tropical notes and a long finish. Ages beautifully.
100% Merlot from 1.5 hectares of 23-year old vines also grown on limestone. Hand harvested and hand vinified. Rich and intense, with great structure imparted by the limestone soils, and a long finish.