Pierre de Marsan was a descendant of the Viscounts of Marsan, founders of the town of Mont-de-Marsan in the Landes department. In 1630, he married a wealthy heiress whose dowry included a large property in Lestiac. This estate began producing wine in the 17th century.The Gonfrier family purchased this property in 1962, extending its vineyards over the coming years. Château de Marsan is the company’s flagship wine estate.
The Premières Côtes de Bordeaux white is a sweet wine made principally from Sémillon grapes grown on old vines on our best-exposed gravelly slopes. The slightly sweet wine is subtle and fresh.
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A.O.C : Premières Côtes de Bordeaux sweet white
District : Lestiac-sur-Garonne
Vineyard surface area : 20 hectares
Terroir : South-facing, clayey-gravelly slopes
Grape varieties : 80% Sémillon, 15% Sauvignon blanc, 5% Muscadelle
Average vine age : 35 years
Viticulture : Short pruning using the so-called “à cots” method, so as to limit yield and favour concentrated grapes. Controlled grassing-down of the vine rows or mechanical working of the soil, to improve the soils’ vitality and biodiversity. Manual “green pruning”, for a homogeneous distribution and proper aeration of the grape bunches.Sustainable farming methods are applied to the entire vineyard, which enjoys Haute Valeur Environnementale (“High Environmental Value”) certification.
Vinification : The grapes are harvested over-ripe with a high sugar potential. Following destemming, a gentle and progressive pressing in pneumatic presses. Clarification and alcoholic fermentation in stainless-steel tanks at low temperature (18-20° C). Fermentation stopped before full consumption of sugars.
Ageing : In stainless-steel tanks.
Tasting notes :A slightly golden yellow, this wine offers notes of mandarin and white flowers. The well-balanced mouth retains great freshness and minerality.
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