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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Wine producers to visit

Clos Dady

Address: Château Bastard, 33720 Barsac
Tel: 05 56 62 20 01  Fax: 05 56 62 33 11
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 44:34:16N (44.57107)    Longitude: -0:19:14W (-0.32051) 

Catherine Gachet owns this estate, working alongside business partner Joseph-Marie Remy. The château itself is modestly-sized, but beautifully decorated. The vinification cellars are right next door, although the vineyard itself is a few kilometres away, and the whole thing backs onto the river, making it a good place to visit before or after a bracing walk along the river bank. Their Clos Dady is a delight – lighter and livelier than many Sauternes. Ask also to try a red wine that they make from Graves AC, called Clos les Ramparts – it’s made in minute quantities, but is one of my favourite wines; rich, succulent and very impressive for the €15 price tag. They also produce a dry Graves white from 0.5ha – Clos les Ramparts, Graves Blanc Sec. All wines can be purchased at the small boutique.

Useful information: Free tour and tasting, appointment preferred. English and Italian spoken, groups welcome (up to maximum of 20). They can also organise, alongside tutored tastings, other activities such as picnics, barbeques, guided walks, canoeing or quad biking - prices vary according to individual demand.


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