Chateau La Rame 2018 Bordeaux Blanc Sec AOC
Item Number: 12737
Sub Region: Entre-Deux-Mers
Appellation/AVA: Bordeaux AOP
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 75% Sauvignon Blanc / 25% Semillon
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Soil Type: Clay-limestone
Case Production: 2500
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 re-established Sainte-Croix-du-Mont as an appellation of merit set to rival the great estates of Sauternes and Barsac.
Vineyard Notes: The grapes for this cuvée come from a four-hectare hillside parcel of clay and limestone soil blessed with an exceptional substratum marked by a bed of fossilized oysters dating from the Tertiary era. The hillside vineyards overlook the Garonne River and face south as they slope down towards the river. The vines have an average age of 20 years (as of 2011).
Winemaking Notes: After a manual harvest the grapes are destemmed and fermented with indigenous yeast in temperature-controlled stainless steel and concrete tanks. The wine is left in contact with its lees for 3 months with regular stirring. The wine is fined and filtered before bottling.
Tasting Notes: Pale colour with grapefruit, passion fruit, mango and pineapple aromas. Soft and fresh on the palate.
Featured in the Food & Wine article "Bargain Bordeaux for the Bird" 11/2018
"This bright, zesty Sauvignon Blanc-dominated white from the underrated Sainte-Croix-du-Mont appellation is full of fresh grapefruit notes and offers impressively concentrated flavors despite its modest price."
Featured in Wine Enthusiast 6/19/2018
"Strong notes of apricot and tropical fruits dominate this Sauvignon Blanc, sourced from a nine-acre vineyard. It has a rich core that is juicy, while the fresher lemon and lime flavors give it an exotic perfumed character. This full, ripe wine is delicious and ready to drink now."