2011 Chateau Sainte-Marie - Entre-Deux-Mers Vieilles Vignes
Set right in the heart of the Entre-Deux-Mers region, this magnificent estate enjoys an excellent geographical position. The south-facing vineyard stretches over two very sunny hilltops which are among the highest points in the Gironde region. Gilles Dupuch and his family run their family estate since 1956 as a sideline business to his insurance brokerage. Because of his duel vocations, he has not fallen into the trap which many of their wine-producer neighbors have: rapid expansion, over- mechanization, and young vines sparsely planted. In fact, there are still a dozen heads of cattle on the property (which could be planted in AOC grapes). Since 1997, Gilles' son Stephane has been gradually taking over the property. He now is completely in charge and is in the process of transitioning the viticulture over to organic and biodynamic farming.
Fermented and aged in stainless tanks for 6 months sur-lie. The wine's bouquet is packed with pretty perfumes of white flowers and citrus fruits (pink grapefruit), and has a great freshness and brilliant complexity in the mouth.