Chateau La Freynelle Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 2020
Chateau La Freynelle is a 75 hectare estate (185 acres) in the village of Daignac, in the heart of the Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux. The story started in 1789 when Jean Barthe, a general under Napoleon Bonaparte, settled in the area and planted the first vines of what would then be called Château La Freynelle. For seven generations, the property was passed on from father to son. In 1992, Veronique Barthe, the first daughter born into the family since the French Revolution, inherited the family estate at the age of 22 years old. This was the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the estate. Her first decision was to do estate bottling at the property, which had never been done before. She also replanted her entire vineyard and invested in a brand new cellar. She has taken her wines to the highest level possible and the wine regularly receives press accolades. Recently, she has also been working closely with the consultant enologist Stéphane Toutoundji on her agricultural practices and her vinification.
Most of the production is dedicated to red wine, but she also makes a white wine and a rosé. The vines are 25 years old in average and lie clay-limestone soils. For the red wine, after harvest, the grapes these are destemmed, crushed and fermented in stainless steel tank. The wine is aged in stainless steel tanks and barrels. Her cuvée of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon ages in barrels. These are bottled 12-16 months after harvest. For the white wine, after harvest, the grapes are destemmed, pressed and fermented in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures. The wine is bottled a few months after harvest. Estate grown and bottled for all wines. Sustainable practices.
Today, Cha^teau La Freynelle is one of the finest and leading properties in the Entre-Deux-Mers area. It produces two red wines (a Merlot blend and a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon), a white wine (Sauvignon Blanc blend) and a limited release rosé (100% Cabernet Sauvignon).
One of the most important wine regions of the world, Bordeaux is a powerhouse producer of wines of all colors, sweetness levels, and price points. Separated from the Atlantic Ocean by a coastal pine forest, this relatively flat region has a mild maritime climate, marked by cool wet winters and warm summers. Annual weather differences create significant vintage variations, making Bordeaux an exciting French wine region to follow.
The Gironde estuary, a defining feature of Bordeaux, separates most of the region into the Left Bank and the Right Bank. Farther inland, where the Gironde splits into the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers, the bucolic, rolling hills of the area in between, called Entre-Deux-Mers, is a source of great quality, approachable reds and whites.
The Left Bank, dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, contains the Médoc, Graves, and Sauternes, as well as the region’s most famous chateaux. Merlot is important here as the perfect blending grape for Cabernet Sauvignon adding plush fruit and softening Cabernet's sometimes hefty tannins. Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec may also be used in the Left Bank Bordeaux wine blends.
Merlot is the principal Bordeaux wine variety of the Right Bank; Cabernet Franc adds structure and complexity to Merlot, creating wines that are concentrated, supple, and more imminently ready for drinking, compared with their Left Bank counterparts. Key appellations of the Right Bank include St. Emilion and Pomerol.
Dry and sweet Bordeaux white wines are produced throughout the region from Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and sometimes Muscadelle or Sauvignon Gris. Some of the finest dry whites can be found in the Graves sub-appellation of Pessac-Léognan, while Sauternes is undisputedly the gold standard for sweet wines. Small amounts of rosé and sparkling Bordeaux wines are made in the region as well.
Sometimes light and crisp, other times rich and creamy, Bordeaux White Blends typically consist of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Often, a small amount of Muscadelle or Sauvignon Gris is included for added intrigue. Popularized in Bordeaux, the blend is often mimicked throughout the New World. Somm Secret—Sauternes and Barsac are usually reserved for dessert, but they can be served before, during or after a meal. Try these sweet wines as an aperitif with jamón ibérico, oysters with a spicy mignonette or during dinner alongside hearty Alsatian sausage.