At Gourdon we have the three better known reds of the classic Bordeaux grape varieties with Sauvignon and Muscadelle for the dry white wine.
The predominant grape variety is Cabernet Sauvignon with a total area of 1.9 ha and an average age of around 22 years.
This is the classic grape of the Medoc region of Bordeaux that gives the rich blackcurrant aromas when young, maturing to allow wine writers to wax lyrically of cedar and cigar boxes in the distinguished ‘first growths’ of Chateau Lafitte and Mouton Rothschild.
At Gourdon we benefit from the old Cabernet Sauvignon vines producing a wine with structure to improve with age.
The next largest in planted area is the Merlot. There is a total of 1.8 ha with the youngest vines planted in 1995.
Again this classic grape rises to glorious superlatives in the Bordeaux region but this time to the right bank of the Gironde around the medieval hill-town of St-Emilion. Its lush, plummy flavours make it a great partner for the more tannic Cabernet Sauvignon.
The younger vines ensure that there is a good yield, however this is maintained well below the permitted levels of the region to an intensity and richness that result in a smooth, velvety wine that can be enjoyed whilst the wine is young.
The half hectare of Cabernet Franc has 25 year-old vines that produce a good healthy crop that can give some insurance in bad years with its early ripening. As a stand-alone grape it produces some lighter but aromatic and fruity wines, more notably in the Chinon and Bourgueil appellations of the Middle Loire.
The main white grape variety at Gourdon is the Sauvignon Blanc. There is 1 hectare of 35 year-old vines that have produced an intense dry wine from its very low yield. It is the fresh clean ‘character’ flavours typical to this grape variety that we aim to bring out in the wines at Gourdon.
This grape is used throughout the Bordeaux region along with Semillion. By itself it has the classic recognisable characteristics of gooseberry and nettles that are found in the Pouilly-Fumé wines of the Upper Loire.
The more recent plantings of Sauvignon Blamc vines was in 2007 and these vines are now coming into production creating blending options and the possibility of a second white wine.
Half a hectare of Muscadelle vines were planted at the same time as the young Sauvignon Blanc. This is the third white grape variety of the Bordeaux region blended with the dry whites of Graves and Pessac as well as being found in the sweet wines of Sauternes.
The addition of the Muscadelle in the blend of dry white at Gourdon contributes floral characteristics to the blend with a more delicate, aromatic finish on the palate.