The Chateau Suau Estate
Hidden behind a row of 100-year-old oaks, Chateau Suau was once the hunting lodge of the Duc d'Epernon. It was restored in the 16th century and in 1687, during the reign of Louis XVI, the chateau was owned by the Suau family of Capian. Monique Bonnet purchased the Château in 1986. She lends her impeccable style and elegance to this Bordeaux estate that represents a great value in today’s French wine market.
Important changes have been implemented at Chateau Suau since 2008 :
1/ A change in the AOC. From the 2008 vintage on, Chateau Suau's « Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux » will now be known as « Cotes de Bordeaux and « Cotes de Bordeaux -Cadillac ».
There will no longer be « Premières Cotes de Bordeaux »
Château Suau will use the appellation "Cadillac" on its labels due to its area of production. This "village" appellation lends itself to its enduring notoriety and the image that it represents. As with its namesake, the luxury Cadillac, this wine is the "Cadillac" of wines!
As a result of these changes, all the labels and packaging have been redesigned to reflect the new appellations. These labels will be a reflection of the strong and symbolic identity with Cadillac. This AOC is made with a rigorous set of specifications, which allow it to be named after the village of Cadillac.
Chateau Suau Tradition "Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux" becomes Chateau SUAU Cotes de Bordeaux
Chateau Suau Prestige "Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux" becomes Chateau SUAU Cotes de Bordeaux - Cadillac
2/ Since 2008, Chateau Suau has been converting its vineyard to organic agriculture techniques. Certified by Ecocert, sensitive to environmental problems and consumer-concerns, this healthy, progressive and sensitive conversion will be completed in the year 2012. This action also stays true to Chateau Suau's history for exceptional quality as it was once the home of Joseph Guenant, Vice President of the Agricultural Society.
Chateau Suau is one of the first vineyards of Bordeaux to start its ISO 14 001 certification. This process begins by implementing an EMS, Environnemental Management System (SME in French) of the wines of Bordeaux, intiated by our CIVB. The EMS aims to reduce the impact of wine production on the environment while improving overall productivity.
This environmental management tool integrates both energy consumption, the sorting and recycling of waste, methods of pest control, cropping patterns, health and safety of employees, residents and consumers.....We feel that these changes complement perfectly with our approach to an organic farming culture.
The Chateau Suau Vineyard
The vineyard is situated in the Cotes de Bordeaux-Cadillac appellations, and encompasses 65 hectares (160.55 acres) of red grapes: 10% Cabernet Franc, 55% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon; and 7 hectares (17.3 acres) of white grapes: 50% Sémillon, 30% Sauvignon, and 20% Muscadelle. The vines, planted in gravel and clay "terroir", benefit from favorable south-south east facing slopes and plateaus.
The vineyard is farmed with the culture raisonnée method, in conversion to an organic farming. The soil has a gravel and clay base. The red wines are aged in a combination of French oak barrels. No oak is used for the dry white wine produced.
Suau Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux Rouge is made from 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc
100% French oak barrels (30% new oak) during 12 months.
Opulent, fruity and ample in mouth, this wine is attractive both with its ripe fruits aromas melted with roasted hints as well as its nice structure and elegant, pleasant finish.
Ageing Potential: 8 to 10 years
The vineyard is situated in the Cotes de Bordeaux-Cadillac appellations, and encompasses 65 hectares. The vines, planted in gravel and clay "terroir", benefit from favorable south-south east facing slopes and plateaus.
Vineyard : Organic.
Density : 7000 feet/ha.
Vinification : Grapes are weighted, destemmed then sorted on a table in the cellar. Fermentation in thermo regulated stainless steel tanks. Ageing from beginning of November, after malolactic fermentation, in 100% French oak barrels (30% new oak) during 12 months.
Bottled : At the Château
"This rich wine is already smoothly textured yet still has fine tannins that give aging potential. With its black fruit and acidity, it's ripe, smoky and likely to be very drinkable from 2020. - Roger Voss"
Wine Enthusiast (December 2017), 91 pts
Betz Family La Serenne Syrah is 100% Syrah
La Serenne is the most reflective of the site/vintage dynamic of our three single-site 2012 Syrahs. Lovers of this wine know that its source, the Boushey Vineyard, is the highest altitude of the three vineyards and is typically the latest harvested. This cool site was accentuated by the cooler season and the results reflect the seriousness of this vineyard and its care.
An extraordinary, nearly impenetrable black purple color leads to a concentrated, inky aromatic impression: smoky black cherry and wild blackberry dominate, but a litany of supporting aromas is already emerging: smoke, violet, mushroom, roasted meat, Chinese 5 spice and minerals. It has a full attack on entry and a big, rich mouthfeel that goes on and on.
2012 is our 13th harvest from this site and these rows. We continue to be impressed with the chameleon nature of this vineyard, in cool years and hot, in heat spikes and cool springs: it provides us with surprises and opportunities at every harvest. While the themes of deep black fruits and pliant structure always surface, the nuance of this vineyard and its care (thank you, Dick Boushey) make it some of the most satisfying fruit we work with every harvest.
"The pure, elegant and textured 2014 Syrah la Serenne offers that classic violet and floral characteristics of the cuvee, as well as medium to full-bodied richness, lots of black raspberry fruit, fine, sweet tannin and a great finish. It’s not as powerful or concentrated as the La Cote Rousse, yet it’s a joy to drink and will cruise for a decade or more on its balance and purity. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #225, June 2016), 93 pts
Dr. Leimbrock Estate Riesling is made from 100 percent Riesling.
Typical Riesling, fresh and fruity, easy drinking. Grapes come from Brauneberger Juffer and Juffer-Sonnenuhr - one of the most prestigious vineyards in the Mosel winegrowing region. The vineyard faces south and provides the best conditions for growing Riesling.
Pairs well with barbecue meats, pasta dishes.