Chateau La Rame 2011 'Traditionnel' Sainte Croix du Mont AOC
Item Number: 9626
Sub Region: Entre-Deux-Mers
Appellation/AVA: Sainte-Croix-du-Mont AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Semillon
Type: Wine - Dessert
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Winemaking Notes: At their finest, the wines of Sainte Croix du Mont can rival the great wines of Sauternes and Barsac which are directly opposite Sainte Croix du Mont on the other side of the river. The Armand family has invested great effort over the past decades to prove the worth of this appellation. Seeking extreme ripeness, the harvest is done entirely by hand and proceeds in successive passes over a series of weeks. The fermentation occurs over a three to six week period at controlled temperatures [between 18 and 22 degrees centigrade]. The 'Traditionnel' is then aged for two years in "cuve" before bottling. It is frequently blessed with significant levels of botrytis and exhibits a high level of concentration and complexity. Semillon is the exclusive grape in this cuvée. Harvest levels are usually under 30 hectoliters per hectare (25% less than the permitted amount). The wine is not fined and is only lightly filtered before bottling.
About Chateau La Rame: Situated 40 kilometers southeast of the city of Bordeaux, Château La Rame is among the oldest and most renowned properties in the Sainte-Croix-du-Mont appellation. The house sits on a hill overlooking the Garonne River. The estate was the property of the Baron de Vertheuil, Governor of the Ile d’Oleron, after the French Revolution. It has been recognized throughout its history as one of the prime sites for producing outstanding wine (gold medals at exhibitions in Bordeaux in 1895 and in Paris in 1900). The property was purchased by Claude Armand, the father of the current owner, Yves Armand, at a time when the appellation had fallen out of favor. The Armand family has undertaken to re-establish Sainte-Croix-du-Mont as an appellation of merit set to rival the great estates of Sauternes and Barsac.