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From the time of Richard the 'Lionheart' and Edward King of England the history of Château du Cros is intricately linked to the British love of this area and regional wines. The 13th century Château du Cros, with it's original building commanding a view over the river to Sauternes, was bought by Catherine d’Halluin's grand-father (Mr Boyer) in 1921 and run by her father until 1967. Today, Catherine's vineyard has an area of 70 hectares, producing many great wines.
AOC Region: Loupiac lies to the South of Cadillac and just across the river Garonne from the prestigious Sauternes and Barsac appellations.Like Cadillac and Sainte-Croix-du-Mont it stands out as an independent appellation because of its capacity to produce sweet wines of high quality. The best Loupiac's are made from grapes grown on the slopes above the banks of the Garonne. These slopes are a mixture of clay and limestone, which bring a delicate, mineral character to the wines. Being close to the river they also benefit from the autumnal morning mists. Under Loupiac's appellation laws only Sémillon, Sauvignon blanc, Muscadelle and Sauvignon gris grapes can be grown.
Terroir: Several hectares producing 35 Hl/Ha, mainly clay and limestone. Catherine maintains the traditions of the region as she strives for quality and character in her wines. The vineyard occupies the right bank slopes down to the Garonne river.
Grapes: 90% Sémillion, 5% Sauvignon and 5% Muscadelle
Wine-making: Harvesting is made in up to 4 successive selections. After gradual pressing the juices, it is fermented separately in small tanks, ensuring the quality, before blending. The different cuves will later be carefully chosen and blended to create different labels. The fruit is vinified in oak barrels one third new, for 12 months.
Bottle size: 37.5cl
Tasting notes: The 2004 is dark gold in colour, nose of lime, acacia, candied orange with, on the palate, a hint of plum. This wine is fruity and dynamic, and as it gets older, it acquires elegance, body and hints of candied fruit.
Great as an aperitif, it traditionally goes with foie gras and blue cheeses. It is wonderful with peking duck, rice, monkfish on a bed of leeks, a carpaccio of scallops and all white meats such as a roast chicken, or roast pork with pineapple. It is a wine that invites you to be daring when matching it with food.