Xavier Copel
Esme Johnstone


Cabernet Sauvignon

Bordeaux, France

44º49'N 0º17'E

Bordeaux is the largest premium wine region in the world and certainly the most renowned. There have been vines planted and wine made here since Roman times. It is located in southwestern France where the Gironde estuary and a network of rivers traverse the French countryside. The famed regions of Medoc and Graves, comprise the left bank of the Garonne River where gravelly soil favors Cabernet Sauvignon. Saint-Emilion and the nearby villages of Pomerol and Fronsac are on the right bank of the Dordogne River, where Merlot-based wines dominate. Best known for its structured and age-worthy reds, Bordeaux is also home to a number of excellent whites and rosés including the sweet, amber wines of Bordeaux in the south.

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The vineyard at Château de Sours, near the pretty bastide of Creon, is a relative newcomer—the first vineyard records date back to 1792, though it may be even older. The 45 hectare vineyard is situated high on a limestone plateau to the south west of Libourne and Pomerol, facing Saint-Emilion. The soil is a classic Bordeaux mixture of clay and gravel over a limestone base. The climate is temperate with a long, slow ripening season though the altitude means that devastating frosts remain a danger until mid-May. Rich and lush Merlot is the predominant grape varietal with about 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. The vines are from 50 to 70 years old and are picked by hand.