2009 Chateau Ducasse Graves Blanc (Jacques Perromat)

Year: 2009
Appellation: Graves
Country: France
White Wine
Price :
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What a Bargain!!


I served this wine to a larger then usual Saturday Wine lunch at Lucques to everyone’s applause. As soon as I whiffed the aromas I knew, “here was a real winner, one at any price, but especially at a bargain price of $12.99. In fact, I might be so rash as to describe it as one of the greatest dry whites around from anywhere in the world selling for under $15.00, let alone its offering at $12.99.

The nose is enthralling from the get-go, with delightful scents of fresh apricots, ripe green apples and even a hint of vanilla and fresh tarragon. On the palate, this dry charmer exhibits ripe pineapples and fresh limes with hints of several types of appealing fresh herbs. The acid balance is superb, allowing it to be an ideal food companion. The staying power is remarkable, with a lingering finish, you do not expect in a wine in this price range.

The wine seems at its height and will easily continue to be most rewarding for at least another two to maybe 4 years. The 20 or so acre vineyard of Ducasse is located on the left bank of Bordeaux, in the southeastern Graves sub-section of Mazeres at its highest elevation. The cepage is a typical 60% Semillon and 40% Sauvignon Blanc (notice the absent of the usually lesser Muscadelle de Bordelaise). The fermentation takes place in stainless steel for around 3 weeks, and then aging continues in stainless vats for about 8 months before release. Production is around 3,000 cases per year.

RATING: 90+ (Compared to other dry Sauvignon Blanc/Semillons from any were in the world it well deserves a 95/96).

PRICE: $12.95 ****bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)

Winery Notes:
On Mazeres parish, in the southeastern Graves, on the highest elevations of the appellation with talented enologist Jacques Perromat at the helm

Vineyard area:
Approximately 21 acres

Sandy and gravely on the top with clay-chalk areas on the slopes.

Grapes varieties:
60% Semilon 40% Sauvignon Blanc

Hand picking at optimal ripeness

Traditional winemaking in thermo regulated stainless steel vats with a 20-day vatting at a low temperature for a maximum conservation of aromas and fruit.

In stainless steel vats for 8 months.

About 3,000 cases produced

A bright, supple and round wine with lychee and almond aromas, with lime flavors…lingering aftertaste…very dry and refreshing