Chateau Haut Lavigne

Château Haut Lavigne was created by Nadia Lusseau in 2002 when she took over 8.5 hectares of vineyards in the Cotes de Duras. The vineyard is made up of 4 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon plus 4.5 hectares of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cotes de Duras is located approximately 100 kilometers from the Atlantic and benefits from the ocean air while enjoying less rain, and therefore more sunshine, than appellations further to the west. Nadia’s viticultural approach results in top quality fruit and her winemaking allows for a true expression of terrior. She has been farming organically since 2005 and is working toward certification. Nadia Lusseau represents a younger generation of women winemakers working in France whose informed approach and deft touch are yielding outstanding results.

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Certification: Converting to certified organic.



Côtes de Duras (red):– Back to the top

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Age of Vines: 10 to 30 Years

Yields: 550 Cases

Pruning Method: Double Guyot

Soil: Clay mixed with limestone, sandy clay and silex.

Varietals: 93% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc.

After harvest, the grapes undergo a week-long cold soak before indigenous yeasts begin the fermentation. The Merlot and Cabernet Franc are fermented separately in enamel-lined tanks, are blended, then spend 9 months in tank before being bottled unfiltered.

Tasting Note: Deep garnet in the glass with deep plum, fresh currant and blackberry on the nose. Red and black fruit dominate the vibrant palate. The wine is fruit forward and youthful it also possesses buoyant acidity and succulent tannins.

Pairing: Works well with char-grilled burgers, grilled chicken or beef, roasted vegetables, cassoulet, and dried meats with aged cheeses.



Côtes de Duras (white):– Back to the top

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Age of Vines: 10 to 30 Years

Yields: 20 hlha 15,000 bottles

Pruning Method: Double Guyot

Soil: Clay mixed with limestone, sandy clay and silex.

Varietals: 66% Sauvignon Blanc, 34% Semillon.

The grapes are harvested by hand and the bunches are placed in the press intact. The grapes are pressed slowly in order to obtain the clearest juice possible. The Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc are vinified separately in enamel-lined vat, blended and spend several weeks on its fine lees.

Tasting Note: Greenish straw in the glass with scents of apricot, flowers, warm almond skins and beeswax. The bright palate offers up melon and citrus fruit with a thick core of white pit fruit minerality and herbacious acidity. This blend has terrific concentration and outstanding balance.

Pairing: Grilled fish, chicken and vegetables. hearty garden salads, pasta dishes with spring vegetables, young milk cheeses or simply by itself.



Côtes de Duras Rosé:– Back to the top

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Varietals: Merlot (70%), Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon

Soil: Clay mixed with limestone, sandy clay & silex.

Vinification: Direct press, fermentation in tanks. Aging on lies.

Soil: Clay mixed with limestone, sandy clay & silex.

Tasting Note: Elegant, well-balanced.



La Miss (white):– Back to the top

Age of Vines: 10 to 30 Years

Yields: 2500 bottles annually

Pruning Method: Double Guyot

Soil: Clay mixed with limestone, sandy clay and silex.

Varietals: 50% Semillon, 50% Sauvignon Blanc.

Vinification Method: The grapes for La Miss are harvested by hand from the best parcels of the vineyard. A second selection comes about in the winery when the best juice is separated from the rest. A part of the harvest (typically the Semillon) is fermented in tank, and the rest ferments directly in old barrel for about four months. After a year, the two are blended and a very light dose of sulfur is added when the wine is bottled (unfiltered).

Tasting Note: The Semillon gives this cuvee a rich powerful feel while still staying true to the elegance of Savignon Blanc with notes of citrus and tropical fruit, wet stones, and racy acidity it is more like a “Super” Savignon.

Pairing: Perfect Match for rich seafood, roasted chicken with root vegetables, and goat cheese.

 

 

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