Château Valade Entre-Deux-Mers 2015
By International Wine Report
CHÂTEAU VALADE Entre-Deux-Mers 2015
Report Date: March, 2016
Producer: Château Valade
Drinking Window: 2016-2017
Suggested Value: $25
The 2015 Château Valade is a lovely blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle which opens with bright aromas of gooseberry, grapefruit, lime with and hints of stony minerality. On the palate this displays vibrant acidity as heads into the mineral driven finish which is laced with some citrus tones. (Best 2016-2017) - March, 2016 (JD)
By Serge Dore Selections
Chateau Valade 2015 Entre-Deux-Mers
Appellation: AOC Entre-Deux-Mers (Bordeaux)
Blend: 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Semillon, 20% Muscadelle
Surface: 35 hectares
Vine Age: 20 years
In the heart of the Entre-Deux-Mers appellation (whose name translates literally to “between two seas,” although these "seas" are in fact the Garonne and Dordogne rivers), the little village of Auriolles is home to the Chateau Valade vineyards. Thirty-five hectares of clay-limestone rolling hillsides approach the Butte de Launay, the highest point in the Gironde, where the Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle vines capture the expression of this timeless land and translate it into a lively, refreshing wine.
Particular care is taken in the vineyard, with grass grown in every other row to help relieve vine stress, an adherence to sustainable agriculture guidelines, limited chemical treatment (only in case of disease). The grapes are destemmed, macerated 24 hours before pressing, then cold-soaked for 20 days to extract aromas. Aged on fine lees for 3 months.
The final wine is bright and fresh and mineral, with citrus aromas in the forefront and a kicking acidity driving the whole experience. A perfect wine to enjoy on its own with friends, or with a fresh seafood platter!
The Greffier family founded Chateau Castenet (producer of Chateau Valade) in 1850. In the 1980s and 90s, considerable investment and expansion led to the purchase in 2010 by husband and wife team Mylène and Guillaume Guennec.
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