93 Insider Points

REVIEWS

Elegant, crisp, clean & ripe this 2014 White Bordeaux is perfect for Springtime sipping! It also makes a wonderful dinner companion. Aromas of grapefruit and stone fruit are followed by a medium-weighted, smooth and lively palate of roasted lemon, grass and minerals. The balance of citrus, acid and oak integration (the oak is subtle, fine, simply boosts the weight and color a tad and slightly rounds the acidity) is harmonious and the finish is fresh and clean, crisp. I love this wine by itself on a hot day and paired with some pretty classy food. A fine example of Semillon and Sauvignon! You'll want 6 or more of these. Drink now or hold until 2022. 

 

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    55% Semillon, 45% Sauvignon
  • APPELLATION
    Graves, Bordeaux
  • ALCOHOL
    13.00%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • FERMENTATION
    stainless steel
  • AGING/COOPERAGE
    12-14 months in 50% New & 50% 1yr old French Oak Barrels
  • PRODUCTION
    1500 cases
  • WINDOW
    Now-2022
  • FRUIT

  • BODY

  • OAK

  • ACIDITY

A truly rare find in the US Market with limited availability!

No press needed, these guy's pedigree speaks for their credibility as a serious winemaking duo.....

Château de Cérons Grand Enclos is a partnership passion project between the sons of two wine loving familes who happen to be long time family friends. Giorgio Cavanna (of Castello di Ama, Tuscany) and Bertrand Leon (Leon family of Bordeaux, growers & winemakers) started this new project, as did his father with Patrick Leon in Tuscany over more than thirty years ago. Together their fathers helped Castello di Ama become the legendary estate that it is today and this new project between the two sons in Bordeaux is special to say the least. 

Grand Enclos du Château de Cérons has a lot of potential. The property extends from the plateau of Podensac to the village of Cérons, with a section surrounded by high ancestral stone walls, representing today over 25 hectares.

  • Graves is the oldest appellation of Bordeaux. It is estimated that the first vines have been planted more than two thousand years ago. The Bordeaux Graves are protected from the elements by pine forests on one side and on the other side, cooled down by the Garonne river during the harsh summers.
  • For the record, one “grave” is a soil composed of stones, often pebbles mixed with gravel and sand that were carried by the millennial floods of the Garonne. Their peculiarity lies in the nature of the composition of the stones themselves: they absorb the heat of the sun during the day and slowly repeat it at night. This allows the vines to ripen steadily promoting an early harvest.
TASTING NOTES 

A fresh nose of white flowers and grapefruit with great attack and balance on the palate. With some new oak contact, a marrying of sweet spices, fresh fruit and structure, it make s a great white wine for food and a more creamy, rounder style than the Sauvignon Blancs you might find from the Loire.

THE STORY TO KNOW

It’s all about a love story...

Once upon a time an Italian engineer and two dormant vineyards of Bordeaux, fell in love. This is a story of a passion around an ancestral and mythical drink, … wine. 

It all starts at the beginning of the Second Empire, on the domain of the Marquis de Calvimont, when the land of the Chateau de Cérons is divided into two parts. Thus the Grand Enclos du Château de Cérons gains its independence. On the village central square, the gate of the property opens upon a charterhouse which conceals the soul of the estate… The Enclos, an enclosure of ten hectares confined between the village houses and encircled by a stone wall, three meters high.

In the same way, the town of Saint Sulpice de Faleyrens , which is on the road to Castillon has its bell tower flirting with Saint-Emilion. It is flanked by a small hill where the vines are aligned as if on parade. In a locality called Mondou, gentle slopes give way to 11 hectares of land surrounding the winery of a Castle that since its rebirth in 2000, has taken the name of Mondorion.

A few centuries later...

Giorgio Cavanna was born in Rome-Italy,  had a French education, then furthers his career in industry between Italy and France. When he has time, he returns regularly to Tuscany, in the estate of Castello di Ama. It is a beautiful vineyard that was bought by his father and his three other partners in 1972. Through their work, the estate became one of the most famous of Tuscany. Giorgio spent a lot of his adolescence there, while regularly being next to one of the most renowned Oenologists, Patrick Léon, who guided the Cavannas on the path of great wines.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

I love this one with some seared or grilled scallops! Pair with some fresh steamed green vegetables like asparagus or spinach and serve with a light buerre blanc or cream sauce. I may even sprinkle some jumbo lump buttery crab meat on top!