Friday, January 8, 2016
Wine Lunch at Restaurant Château de la Tour in Cadillac with Catherine Boyer, Château Du Cros, Loupiac – Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015), France
Ever heard of Château du Cros? Probably not. Château du Cros is not one of the 300 or so winemakers in Bordeaux that produce a premium Bordeaux which sells en primeur for 50 to 500 Euros per bottle. No, Château du Cros is one of the other 18.000 producers or so that are not in the limelight and that make so called petites Bordeaux wines. These producers have to struggle against the competition of wines from all over the world, including the New World. In my view, many of these petites Bordeaux producers offer very good value for the price.
During the Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015), we had a chance to get to know a bit better one of the petites Bordeaux producers. We had lunch with Catherine Thibault d'Halluin (nee Boyer), who produces the Château du Cros, Château Mayne du Cros, Château Courbon and Clos Bourbon. We also visited Château du Cros.
The Wines of Michel Boyer and Catherine Thibault d'Halluin (nee Boyer)
Following Michel Boyer's retirement, his daughter Catherine d'Halluin (nee Boyer) has now taken charge of winemaking at the family properties Château du Cros, Château Mayne du Cros and Château de Courbon along with her brother Henri and her husband Thibault d'Halluin. These properties are all south of the City of Bordeaux. In addition, Catherine Thibault d'Halluin owns and runs Clos Bourbon, with her husband Thibault d'Halluin.
A range of different petites chateaux wines covering 6 appellations is produced. The wine is sold in France and exported. Exports account for 40% of total sales. The principal markets are the EU, USA, Switzerland and Japan. In the US, the wines are available through Calvert and Woodley.
Château du Cros
Château du Cros is a 60-hectare property in the town of Loupiac.
Château du Cros Bordeaux AOC Blanc
Grapes: 90% Sauvignon, 10% Semillon
Soil: Clay and limestone
Chateau du Cros Sauvignon - well known in America and Belgium - is a very fruity wine with hints of lime. Bright and bold, it accompanies seafood and fish beautifully. In the 1970’s this was one of the first white Sauvignons to be aged using the now widely employed “on the lees” method.
Château du Cros Bordeaux AOC Rouge
Grapes: Merlot 80%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%
Soil: Clay and limestone
Aged in barrels for 12 months
Tasting notes: fruity, supple, round and fleshy, it offers a palette of red currant fruit, flavors of cherry, a rich and fleshy mouth and a vanilla and toasted finish that shows its "oak " breeding.
Château du Cros Loupiac AOC
Cépages: 90% Semillon, 5% Sauvignon, 5% Muscadelle.
Soil: Limestone subsoil, clay and limestone ridge
Harvest: Grapes are selected by hand, the pickers making two to four separate selections depending on the year.
Ageing: 12 months in oak barrels.
Tasting notes: Nose of lime, acacia, candied orange with, on the palate, a hint of plum. Young, this wine is fruity and dynamic, and as it gets older, it acquires elegance, body and hints of candied fruit.
Food and wine: Great as an apéritif, it traditionally goes with foie gras and blue cheeses. It is wonderful with apple rolls, peking duck, rice, monkfish on a bed of leeks, a carpaccio of scallops and all white meats such as a chicken roast, or a roasted pig with pineapple. A wine that invites you to be daring when matching it with food.
Château du Cros Tradition Loupiac AOC
Château Mayne du Cros
Under the Château Mayne du Cros label, the family produces a white and a red wine: 500 hl AOC Graves Blanc and 400 hl AOC Graves Rouge.
Château Mayne du Cros, Graves, Rouge
Grapes: 30% Cabernet Franc, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot.
Soil: Large pebbles on the surface and subsurface of sandy limestone.
Tasting notes: Carefully selected grapes from the Céros & Toulenne vineyards, in the south of the Graves appellation. These are fine wines combining body with finesse. Distinguished by a remarkable freshness and offering a marvelous fruit bouquet with toasted notes derived from barrel ageing. A good minerality defines it as a true product of the Graves terroir.
Château Mayne du Cros, Blanc, Graves
Grapes: 60% Sauvignon, 40% Semillon
Soil: Large pebbles on the surface and subsurface sandy limestone.
Ageing: Wine aged in barrels until May / June and then aged an additional year in bottles.
Tasting Notes: Straw yellow color. On the nose citrus notes combined with white flowers and toasted bread. In the mouth large, powerful, and long. The ageing in barrels provides smooth grilled notes that allow the citrus flavors to show. A complex wine, balanced and fine.
The 18th century Clos Bourbon estate is located on the slopes over-looking the Garonne River, 30 km south of the City of Bordeaux. It totals 15 hectares in the Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux (ex 1ères Côtes de Bordeaux) AOC.
Since 2009, the Côtes de Bordeaux AOC is composed of 4 different regions: Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux (formerly 1ères Côtes de Blaye), Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux (formerly Côtes de Castillon), Francs Côtes de Bordeaux (ex Côtes de Francs), Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux (ex 1ères Côtes de Bordeaux).
Production: 450 hl AOC Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux Rouge and 300 hl AOC Bordeaux Rosé
Château Clos Bourbon, Rouge, AOC Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux
80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon; aged in 25% new oak barrels.
Château Clos Bourbon - Rosé de Bourbon, AOC Bordeaux
Made primarily from Cabernet Franc with a small amount of Merlot, this crisp, fruity rosé features bright flavors of cherry, berry, and melon, energized by mineral and cedar character from the Cabernet Franc. Medium-bodied and well-balanced, this finishes dry and fresh.
Lunch at Restaurant Château de la Tour in Cadillac with Catherine Boyer, Château Du Cros, Loupiac
We had lunch with Catherine Thibault d'Halluin (nee Boyer), who produces the Château du Cros, Château Mayne du Cros, Château Courbon and Clos Bourbon. After lunch, we visited Château du Cros.
Thanks Catherine for a most interesting lunch with your wines.
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