Chateau Le Grand verdus is located in the heart of a preserved hilly landscape, in the AOC Bordeaux Superieur, between Medoc, Grave and Saint Emilion at the gateway to the Entre-Deux-Mers region. Chateau Le Grand Verdus has some of the highest vineyards in Bordeaux. The grapes receive the full benefits of the Atlantic breeze allowing growing with minimal use of chemicals.
For four generations the Le Grix de la Salle Family has been fired up by the passion of wine making. Thomas the current owner found the balance between the natural element of the terroir and his savoir faire to elaborate a well-balanced wine.
Entre Deux Mers literally means "between two seas" but it is not exactly between two seas. It is actually between two rivers: Dordogne and Garonne. These rivers are the main tributaries of the Bordeaux River and divide the region between what is called the Left Bank and the Right Bank.
The vineyards are located on south facing slopes just to the west of the village of Soussac in the heart of the Entre-Deux-Mers. 200 acres comprise the estate of which 150 are planted with red and 40 with white varieties. The soil is mostly clay and limestone and the average age of the vines are between 20 and 25 years old.
This white is the classic blend of 55% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon and 5% Mucadelle. It works perfectly with the soils available and as well it should since they've been practicing for nearly 500 years. It's interesting to note that this basic blend has been in place for centuries. The main reason for this is that it works and works beautifully. We think there's a lesson here that maybe a few other areas in the world should learn.
This lovely offering starts out as though it will be bigger than it ends up. The Sauvignon Blanc is obvious in the nose, but taste bursts of the softening effects of the Semillon and Muscadelle. A lively match for muscles in a garlic and white wine broth.