Château Villefranche, Sauternes
• Grape Variety: Muscadelle, Sémillon
• Taste Profile: Sweet & Fruity
• Food Pairing: Dessert or Cheese
• Occasion: Dinner or PicNic
In the Sauternes wine region you will find mainly high quality sweet white dessert wines with a lot of complexity, delicacy and taste. Not just sweet white wine. But delicious sweet white wine that not only suits a dessert but also has the quality to accompany an elegant dish like foie gras.
This Sauternes from Château Villefranche certainly belongs to the better Sauternes wines available today. Soft and very pleasant on the palate, it is rather full-bodied yet very elegant and delicate in texture.
Its taste surprises with a beautiful complexity thanks to opulent aroma's of fresh white fruits, finished with a touch of vanilla and a pinch of nutmeg. Simply wow!!
Price per half bottle - €14,95
Sweet & Fruity
Region: Sauternes, Bordeaux
Storage potential: 10-15 years
Serving temperature: 8-12 °C
Eye: Diepe goud-gele kleur
Nose: Fine impressions of fresh white fruit and a hint of vanilla and nutmeg
Mouth: Fruity and sweet on the palate with a lovely complexity and balance
Château Villefranche is one of the oldest wineries in the Sauternes. 7 generations have succeeded each other since the French Revolution. The origin of the winery’s name goes back to the founder Mr Jean Gray, originally from Maleville in Aveyron, formerly Rouergue. After his marriage in 1793 with a Barsacaise, (Coming from the place Barsac in the Sauternes) he bought a piece of land at the current location of the castle. He named it “Villefranche”.
“Jean Gray says Villefranche” is therefore in reference to the historical city of his birthplace Aveyron, but also because of the nickname given by the inhabitants of Barsac.
The domain is located on the plateau of Haut-Barsac, near the Ciron. The vineyard has a wide range of soils with a predominance of clay and limestone. Chateau Villefranche still produces their typical dessert wine entirely manually and according to the methods that they used in the past.
Quality is always the priority. The grape varieties used for the white wines are the three major white grape varieties of the region (Sémillon, Sauvignon, Muscadelle). The result is delicate, elegant (vanilla, nutmeg) and very tasty wines with a fantastic balance.