2021 Château Haut-La Péreyre Entre-Deux-Mers Haut-Benauge AOC
Bone-dry refreshing white Bordeaux based on Sauvignon Blanc with some Sauvignon Gris and Semillon from the Haut-Benauge subzone of Entre-Deux-Mers, a subzone in the hills behind the river town of Cadillac long recognized for white wines. This wine was not fined or cold-stabilized and may throw tartaric crystals.
70% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Sauvignon Gris and 15% Sémillon
This domaine started life in 1881 in the prestigious, if small and under the radar, appellation of Haut-Benauge in Bordeaux’s Entre-Deux-Mers region. It sold its wine in bulk to traders over the years until Olivier Cailleux’s parents began to estate bottle in 1974. Olivier himself was given the keys to the domaine in 1994; he is the sixth generation to manage the family affairs.
Haut-Benauge refers to the coveted high ground inland from the historic river town of Cadillac, which looks across the Garonne to the appellation of Graves. This hill country’s south-facing slopes and good drainage make for prime vineyard land and is why the sector was granted its own appellation in 1955.