The phylloxera epidemic in the 1860s basically destroyed almost all the vineyards in Europe. It took more than 30 years to finally resolve. Then World War I slowed the progress and World War II didn't help either. So, it wasn't until the 1960s that Andre Bessette could finally gather enough assets to resurrect the family estate, Chateau La Verriere.
Twenty years later he was joined by his son, Alain, who now runs the Chateau. Alain is very conscious of what Bordeaux means to the world and how important it is to honor that position. He is also very cognoscente of what his family went through to preserve the property, the property he is now in charge of to protect.
One of his first duties was to become organic and sustainable. This seems to be the trend in Bordeaux and even most of Europe. It's always more expensive to initiate, but much more prudent in the long run. Whether organic farming makes better wine has not been debated and there is no consensus. However, one could assume that when a winery takes that much effort to go organic, they are going to keep that same zeal and commitment in their winemaking.
Our selection is 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Most bordeaux Blancs are blends, but many use just Sauvignon Blanc because it is the premiere grape of the area. When properly grown it has all the properties we love like gooseberry, flint and mineral components that would shine with shellfish or soar with swordfish.