Chateau L’Esperance lies in the little village of Saint Martin du Bois at the heart of the Bordeaux Superieur AOC on the Right Bank, north of Pomerol and Saint Emilion. This little estate has a small vineyard that sits on sandy clay soils and produces some lovely, award winning wines. The picturesque chateau is surrounded by tranquil countryside watered by two small rivers, the Saye and Detresse. Centuries ago grapes were transported though the vines here by ‘doulis’ (wooden bins) and the little doulis unloading dock still stands today.
Chateau L’Esperance (which translates as Chateau of Hope) was purchased in 2007 by the Taillan Group, to add to their ‘Vignobles de Terroirs’ collection. These are their flagship properties that display the very best qualities of each appellation represented. It’s an impressive collection and the dynastic families of Merlaut and Villiers behind the Taillan Group are owners of several prestigious Grand Cru Classe chateaux (2nd Growth Gruaud Larose, 2nd Growth Sauternes Broustet, 3rd Growth Ferriere and 5th Growth Haut Bages Liberal to name a few). L’Esperance’s wines benefit from the Taillan Group’s ‘know how’ and expertise.
Hailed as one of the ‘Great Vintages’ of Bordeaux, 2009 is ripe and opulent. The L’Esperance 2009 is certainly seductive. As a Bordeaux Superieur it’s a step up from your normal Bordeaux. Being 90% Merlot it pairs beautifully with rich braised Chinese beef or duck, roast lamb, venison, liver, pigeon and kidneys. It’s also very good with mushroom risotto and dishes with creamy mushroom or pepper sauces.
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