Jean Bellanger and his wife, Christiane, purchased Chateau Roquefort in 1976. Jean's passion for Southwest France and wine motivated the revitalization of the property's Entre-Deux-Mers vineyard. Jean worked with the Bordeaux Faculty of Oenology to replant and adopt the best methods for transforming a one-thousand-year-old estate in disrepair into a fully restored ch?teau. In 1987, the Bellanger's first vintage was released. Jean and Christiane's son, Frederic, assumed control of the estate in 1995. As Frederic has expanded the vineyard, he has displayed a commitment to biodiversity, which means he pays attention to the terroir and respects nature.
Chateau Roquefort is rooted in an ancient history. In addition to being a renowned ch?teau, it is also an archaeological site. The chateau itself reveals the history of winemaking in the region of France between Garonne and Dordogne. Gently rolling hills and steep slopes are ideal for vines, and the incredible biodiversity and wide range of terroirs produce wines comparable to other notable regions. Jean was a pioneer in low-temperature fermentation and maceration techniques, which is carried on by Frederic in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks with this Sauvignon Blanc from Saint Brice.
This Bordeaux Blanc is a lovely golden color. The aroma is intense and aromatic, with notes of jasmine, hawthorn, and lemon blossom. The palate is full of fruit, mandarin orange, pear, lychee, and pineapple. Its sweetness is balanced by a lively and fresh acidity. The finish is full and lingering on the palate. This wine is best enjoyed within a few years and with an appraise chill. Pair this with poached cod and fennel, a seafood risotto, chicken or pork satay, or simple grilled fish. If you'd like to pair this wine with cheese, go with young goat's cheese.