Learn About Chateau de Fontenille
Château de Fontenille is located very near the Abbey of La Sauve Majeure on gravel land bathed in generous sun. In the 4th century when the poet Ausone was praising the wines of the region, there was a villa at the nearby called "Font e Melha" of which some ruins still remain today.
The vineyards cover 42 hectares, 30 of which are red and 12 are white grapes. The soils are clay and limestone with some gravel. The wines are vinified traditionally with controlled tempratures and aged in 50% new oak for the reds.
Learn About Other Bordeaux
A few extra appellations: Bourg & Blaye These two appellations are just across the Gironde river from the Haut-Medoc - a bit northwest of St-Émilion and its satellites. Bourg is the smaller appellation, nestled under the much bigger Blaye. Both have AC status, Cotes de Bourg AC and Cotes de Blaye AC. One step up on the AOC chain is the Premieres Cotes de Blaye AC, producing...
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Learn About Bordeaux White Blends
Bordeaux White Blend
There's white wine in Bordeaux, too! Typically made from Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and bits of Muscadelle, white Bordeaux can be a fully dry table wine or, as in Sauternes, a deliciously sweet dessert wine. In other areas of the world, a Bordeaux blend consists primarily of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, either of which may be the predominant variety. Bordeaux blends can vary in style, but most have good acidity and often a mineral overtone.