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Chateau Bessan Cadillac Bordeaux

Chateau Bessan Cadillac Bordeaux
Chateau Bessan Cadillac Bordeaux
Chateau Bessan Cadillac Bordeaux
Chateau Bessan Cadillac Bordeaux
Chateau Bessan Cadillac Bordeaux
Chateau Bessan Cadillac Bordeaux
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A Collectivino exclusive, we're proud to be the first UK importers of this very good organic Bordeaux blend from Sylvie and son Marc at Chateau Bessan. 

Tasting notes

Medium ruby and medium on the nose, and fruity with  gentle but defined aromas of strawberry, blackberry, black cherry, plums and pepper, followed by charred wood and a hint of chocolate. Smooth on the palate, with strong but balanced tannins, medium-to-full body, with a medium finish.  Can be drunk young or aged.

Food pairings

Excellent with grilled red meats, and smoked aubergine, and with strong cheeses like Roquefort and Camembert. 

About the winemaker

We stayed at the charming Chateau Bessan, situated around 20km to the southeast of Bordeaux in Entre Deux Mers, in Autumn 2021. Owner Sylvie Verdier was the most gracious of hosts. We spent the late afternoon tasting Chateau Bessan's excellent wines while enjoying a magnificent sunset, sitting on the terrace of the "Cabane dans les Vignes" - a modern wood cabin surrounded by Chateau Bessan's small plot of vines, overlooking the Garonne river. 

Harvest had just been completed, with a crop yield that had been halved due to the bad frosts experienced in many regions of France earlier in the year. Sylvie talked to us about the family history of the estate, which had been bought in the late 1980's as a project primarily of her late husband's making. Sylvie now runs the vineyard and guesthouse within the Chateau, while her son Matthieu increasingly takes on the farming, commercial aspects of the winery, and the winemaking and blending that is synonymous with the Bordeaux region.

The vineyards of Cadillac are on the slopes down to the Garonne, with ancient river deposits of sandstone and clay. It's a great area for growing Merlot and on the upper slopes, Cabernet grapes, successfully. 

With an organic accreditation, and a delicious line-up of wines, we were pleased to become the first and exclusive importers of Chateau Bessan's wines to the United Kingdom.

Sustainability Rating: 1* (Making Progress)

Many of Chateau Bessan's wines are lower intervention and the land has been certified organic since 2014. However, with a bad frost hitting the region in 2021, there was the need to use some copper sulphates (enabling Sylvie and her son Matthieu to save some crops and produce half of their usual yield). The whites and some of the reds are also vegan (but not yet certified). With only a small plot, most of the parcel being used for vines. Sylvie focuses on the health of her vines to maximise yields (organically) from small hectarage, and is working on how to improve biodiversity beyond just eliminating chemical allocation. Some of the grapes are hand picked (most notably for the Cuvée Excellence and the Crémants). 

Other info: 

Appellation: Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux
Colour: Red
Vintage: 2019
ABV: 13.5%
Certification:
Organic 
Closure: Cork

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