In a nutshell: A rich and fresh Bordeaux dry orange wine from near Sauternes.
The lowdown: A blend of Sauvignon Gris and Sauvignon Blanc made in the way you would a red with fermentation taking place on the skins for five weeks giving colour, structure, tannin and flavour. Produced by Chateau de Cérons in the often overlooked appellation of Cérons, that sits next to famous neighbour Barsac and near Sauternes, on gravel soils by the Garonne River this is the first vintage of Coucher de Soleil. Harvested at dawn on the 27th August 2020 to preserve freshness and all care taken in the winery to protect the aromas and minerality of the Cérons terroir. A nose of bright citrus with kumquat and tropical notes leading onto a full and soft palate with a ripeness and richness to the fruit, exotic spice, and light, grippy tannins. The finish is long and clean with a refreshing saline edge. Very accomplished new wine from this old estate.
When to drink: Quite a versatile wine when pairing with foods. Works well with charcuterie and tapas (like octopus), also North African/Moroccan dishes as well as some milder Asian dishes. On a more traditional level try with roast pork or veal.
In the heart of the eponymous village close to the River Garonne, Château de Cérons was purchased by Xavier and Caroline Perromat from Xavier's parents in 2012. They now look after 26 hectares of vines in the surrounding area producing a range of wines using sustainable practices. Their vineyards lie on a limestone gravel plateau overlooking the Ciron, a tributary of the Garonne and perfect terroir for the Sémillon grape variety. One of the oldest AOPs in Bordeaux, the proximity of Cérons to the rivers Garonne and Ciron results in a suitably humid micro-climate which, as in neighbouring Sauternes, is ideal for the development of botrytis - the necessary ingredient of many of the world's finest sweet wines. All of Perromats' wines are vital and dynamic with lots of personality.