Based in Pessac Leognan on the left bank of Bordeaux, the elegant and noble Château de Rouillac is imbued with an historic past. In the 19th century Château de Rouillac was owned by Baron Haussmann, who produced a delicious wine which is said to have delighted Napoleon III. The current proprietor Laurent Cisneros and his family took up the reins of this magnificent property in 2009, passionately championing sustainable and environmental practices. The property has had a long association with horses and possesses beautiful stables; Titan their huge and impressive horse is still used today to plough the exceptional gravel soils in the vineyard. Renowned oenologist Eric Boissenot produces wines which are delicately blended with the utmost precision to reveal their optimum expression.
2018 was characterised by a hot summer; July and August were hot and dry enabling the fruit to reach excellent phenolic and sugar ripeness. In view of the warmer vintage, the grapes were harvested earlier than usual to avoid over-maturity. The fruit was cooled as soon as possible to retain the quality and the resulting wine has retained the floral characteristics of the Sauvignon Blanc variety.
The property is located in the Pessac-Léognan appellation and is right at the entrance to the city of Bordeaux. The vineyard sits on an exceptional terroir of gravel. The estate covers 36 hectares of which 26 hectares are planted with vines. The vines are cultivated sustainably with respect for the environment and the biodiversity on the estate. Herbicides are not employed; instead, Titan the mighty draft horse works the land in the traditional manner. The grapes are manually harvested.
The grapes were carefully sorted and pneumatically pressed under cool conditions. Fermentation took place in new French oak barrels under cool conditions of 16 to 18°C. The wine spent six months on the lees in oak barrels, of which 30% were new oak. Daily ‘bâtonnage’ or lees stirring took place, imbuing the wine with texture and complexity.
Elegant and aromatic, with delicate notes of lemon tart, almond grapefruit and rose petal on the nose. The palate is rich and silky with refreshing balance through to a charming finish.
Sauvignon Blanc 90%, Sauvignon Gris 10%.