Bergerac: Domaine l'Ancienne Cure 'Jour de Fruit' Blanc Sec 2021
This is a superb white Bergerac Sec from an organic unoaked 'Bordeaux' blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon. It is a dry and fruity wine, what the locals call 'vif', with an attractive citrus fruit bouquet and a clean, zesty palate. It is a reliable cocktail hour pick-me-up or partner to salads and seafood.
Very pale and clear with appealing spring blossom scents and a zesty, citrus-edged palate with a whistle-clean finish.
"The Domaine de l'Ancienne Cure is best known for its sweet whites, but has proven itself equally capable of making classy dry whites too." Natasha Hughes - The Independent.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Light-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Midi, Bergerac|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon|
|Food & Wine Matching||Olives, Salads, Seafood|
|Cellarage||Best enjoyed within 2 years of vintage.|
|Vinification||Harvested by machine at optimum ripeness from 20+ year-old vines, the grapes are then fermented for 48 hours and the wine is bottled in June following the harvest.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13.5|
Domaine de L'Ancienne Cure (Christian Roche)
Both the town and appellation of Bergerac lie in the centre of the Dordogne department with its beautiful landscape of rolling hills and burgeoning population of expatriate Brits. It is also home to some of France's oldest vineyards producing inexpensive dry, white wines predominantly for local consumption, and to the south of the town of Bergerac itself lies the smaller and more specialized sweet wine producing appellation of Monbazillac. It is in the Monbazillac area of production that the Roche family's Domaine de L'Ancienne Cure is to be found.
The reputation of the domaine was built up over decades by organic pioneer Christian Roche. Since his sad passing in late 2021 after a long illness, his wife Nathalie and daughter Julie are settling into his shoes, ably helped by Julie's partner who owns the neighbouring château. First and foremost a Monbazillac producer, the family have proved to be equally capable of making classy, dry white wines from the same mix of grapes – Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle alongside a suite of Merlot-based reds and 'no added sulphites' wines under various AOPs. Their vine holdings total 40 hectares, which is large for an independent producer, and 15 hectares of this land lie within the hallowed perimeter of Monbazillac.
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