Haut Lavigne - White 2016
66% Sauvignon Blanc, 34% Sémillon
Côtes de Duras, Southwest, France
Imported by Jenny & Francois
From the importer-
The grapes are hand harvested and slowly pressed. Only indigenous yeast are used and very little sulfites are added to the wine. The juice rests on the lees for an extended period of time. Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc are aged separately in enamel-lined vats. Greenish straw in the glass with scents of apricot, flowers, warm almond skins and beeswax. The bright palate offers up melon and citrus fruit with a thick core of white pit fruit minerality and herbacious acidity. This blend has terrific concentration and outstanding balance.
Château Haut Lavigne was created by Nadia Lusseau in 2002 when she took over 8.5 hectares of vineyards in the Cotes de Duras. The vineyard is made up of 4 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon plus 4.5 hectares of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cotes de Duras is located approximately 100 kilometers from the Atlantic and benefits from the ocean air while enjoying less rain, and therefore more sunshine, than appellations further to the west. Nadia’s viticultural approach results in top quality fruit and her winemaking allows for a true expression of terrior. She has been farming organically since 2005 and is working toward certification. Nadia Lusseau represents a younger generation of women winemakers working in France whose informed approach and deft touch are yielding outstanding results.