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Dry and fruity with balanced tannins, this is an easy-drinking Merlot (with a touch of Cabernet Franc to add some structure) from our friends at Chateau Bessan in Bordeaux. In the mouth this wine is powerful with a nice balance between acidity and tannins and a hint of pepper on the finish. Goes well with poultry, beef or veal.
Described in French as a "vin de copains" - this is a good wine to be enjoyed with friends.
About the winemaker
We stayed at the charming Chateau Bessan, situated around 20km to the southeast of Bordeaux, in Autumn 2021. Owner Sylvie 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. 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 Excellence cuvée and the crémants).
|Grapes:||Merlot & Cabernet Franc
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