France: Bordeaux

Southern Graves and Sauternes

Home of the great sweet whites - dry whites and reds too
By Jane Anson

This Guide was last updated on 11 May 2010
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Château Doisy-Daëne

Address: 33720 Barsac
Tel: 05 56 62 96 51  Fax: 05 56 62 14 89
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 44:35:29N (44.59131)    Longitude: 0:19:50W (-0.33057) 

You can’t be serious about Bordeaux white wine, whether sweet or dry, without visiting somewhere owned by Denis Dubourdieu, the eminent professor at the Insitute of Oenology and general white wine guru in Bordeaux. He also owns Cantegril in Barsac, Reynon in Beguey and Clos Floridene in the Graves, but this is perhaps the best known estate, now jointly run with his son Fabrice. Besides the excellent Barsac, the château also produces two slightly unusual wines – a 100% Semillon called L’Extravagant de Doisy-Daëne, and a dry white wine called Le Grand Vin Sec de Doisy-Daëne, reportedly the first dry white to be made in Sauternes.

Useful information: Monday to Friday, free tour and tasting by appointment only. Wine can be bought direct. Groups welcome to a maximum of 20. Visit of the winery, vineyard and tasting. English spoken and sometimes Spanish.


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