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Château la Chèze

This well-sited estate overlooks the Garonne River at Capian in the Entre-Deux-Mers and is a single block of land of which 10 hectares are given over to vines. Though revitalised and largely replanted by engineer Jean-Pierre Sancier and his mathematics professor wife Claire, the property itself dates back to at least 1515, taking its name from its first owner the Seigneur de la Chèze.

Plantings of red varieties are merlot (50%), cabernet sauvignon (30%) and cabernet franc at 20%. Whites are 100% sauvignon blanc. All thrive in the clay-gravel soils atop limestone subsoil and are farmed sustainably. After hand-harvesting the red grape bunches are destemmed for fermentation in stainless steel and cement vats, both of which are temperature controlled, before maturation in barrel for a year before bottling.

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