Produced by Nicola and Sean Allison, this Graves blanc is fresh, with rich citrus and floral aromatics alongside a mineral texture. Grassy, but not overpowering, Sauvignon blanc aromatics on the nose and a mid-palate rounded out by Sémillon. Enticing and passes the all-important white wine test of having a mouth-watering finish that makes you want to pour yourself another glass. Ecocert-certified organic.
The estate of Chateau du Seuil encompasses a total of 25 hectares of vines of which approximately 65 percent are planted in red varieties of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and 35 percent in the white varieties of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. There are 15 hectares in the Graves appellation and 10 hectares in the Premières Côtes de Bordeaux appellation.
The Graves appellation vines are located mainly around the Château, in the village of Cerons itself and the nearby elevated plateau known as ‘Le plateau des Moulin’s a vent’. Several of the parcels are in the tiny Cérons appellation allowing them to make a late harvest botrytis sweet wine. The vines are managed following organic certification with the objective of achieving a healthy vineyard at the same time minimising the impact on the environment. Château du Seuil was acquired by an entrepreneurial Welsh couple, Bob and Sue Watts in 1988. They renovated the Château, built a modern winery re-established many of the old vineyards. From this point on the wines became known for their very high quality and finesse. Today, Chateau du Seuil is co-owned and managed by Sean and Nicola Allison, following the traditions established by Nicola’s parents Bob and Sue. Sean and Nicola are involved in every aspect of making their wines from the vineyards through to the final bottle. The excellent quality is proof of their determination, as they are personally in charge of all aspects of the winemaking process. Extensive use is made of the best in traditional winemaking methods coupled with the advantages of modern technologies and temperature control during vinification. The ‘OXOLINE’ system’ is used for barrel fermentation of this white Graves, to bring extra layers of complexity to the wine.
Roast chicken or white fish in butter are classics matches. A very versatile wine.
Lovely pear, lemon and grapefruit notes in this Semillon-heavy blanc with nice texture and freshness, as well as some mineral notes. Has a touch of elderflower. 91/100. – Jamie Goode, WineAnorak.com (2018 vintage)