I discovered the wine company Gironde et Gascogne at a trade tasting a few years back. This is a boutique operation with two chateaux on their roster, both in Bordeaux: Château Ramage La Batisse in the Haut Medoc and Château de Belcier in Castillion.
I was impressed wit Ramage La Batisse, which is a very nice Cru Bourgeois. I strongly considered purchasing it for Bacchus Selections, but I couldn’t get the vintage I really wanted. However, it was the Château de Belcier that tickled my fancy, though. Sadly, it wasn’t being imported into the states at that point.
This wine has just entered the PLCB system at a very attractive price, so I am happy to review it.
I have always been a fan of this little known satellite region on the FAR right bank of Bordeaux. This castle-like chateau rises above the quaint town of Salles de Castillon, with about 50 acres of Merlot, with some Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and a small plot of Cabernet Sauvignon. The soils are typical for area, having a generous mixture of limestone and sandy loess, a great wine growing combination.
The wine shows burnt cedar and cassis on the nose, followed by flavors of ripe strawberry and black cherry compote. A savory note of basil is balanced with an iron core that opens up in the finish with quince and pomegranate. A pretty wine with nice delicate features, but not without gravitas. A very good purchase.