When you spend some time with the people at Château de Sours you get the feeling that they might just be living the dream. Martin Krajewski and his wife Nicolette fell in love with this place, bought it and have lovingly breathed new life into the whole operation – the vineyards, the Château itself and of course the wines. This is Bordeaux with a serious injection of joie de vivre.

 

The current house was originally built in 1792 by the Comtes du Richemont who also planted the first vines. They have 80 hectares of their own land and lease an additional few hectares. The fruit from each small plot of vines is harvested separately and with their totally new winery they now have the capability to process each small batch individually. Each block of vines has its own character which comes from theage of the vines, the grape variety, the soil and its exposure to the sun.

 

 

Although they are not organic, they take a very environmentally conscious approach to viticulture and keep the yields low for maximum fruit quality. The team are geared up to treat each small batch of grapes in a way that brings out its unique features.

 

The Château de Sours philosophy is to make true Bordeaux wines, wines that express their terroir and their history but to inject a bit of vitality and modernism into them. These are wines that are ready to drink when they are young and don’t require a decade or more of cellaring to be at their best. Cheers to that!

 

Château de Sours Blanc 2013

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A classic white Bordeaux blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Semillon and 5% Sauvignon Gris. The wine is intensely fresh and vibrant with lemony fruit, lime and pineapple. A small portion of the wine is aged in oak to give a richer, toastier flavour. Well balanced, complex and very drinkable. Delicious with prawns cooked with lime and coriander.

 

Château de Sours Rosé 2013

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This wine in particular has developed a very loyal fanbase over the past 20 years. It is a serious rosé, pretty in colour, dry, complex and with great persistence of flavour. Will transform any summery meal into a memorable occasion.

 

Château de Sours Rouge 2010

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85% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Brimming with ripe, juicy fruit nicely integrated with vanilla, cinnamon and spice from the judicious use of oak. The tannins are ripe and soft giving the wine great texture and structure. Delicious with roast pork with an Asian-flavoured glaze.

 

Château de Sours Sparkling Rosé

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A traditional method sparkling wine made from Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon that are very delicately pressed to obtain just a little colour from their skins. It is fruity and vivacious with summer berry fruit flavours and lovely fine bubbles. A treat with smoked salmon blinis, light canapés, salads and fruit desserts.