Fronsac has proved to be very popular amongst our customers and we are delighted to bring you our latest discovery from this region. Newly introduced to the UK by Bordeaux-Undiscovered Chateau Saint Remy is a real find. It hails from one of the best sites in Fronsac. The beautifully situated vineyards sit on the highest limestone plateau of the Fronsadais in the tiny hamlet of Saint Aignan. The property has been passed down from generation to generation. It’s owned by the Rousselot family and is run by Remy and his son Cyril. Together they hold 50 acres that span both Fronsac and its neighbouring appellation, Lalande de Pomerol.
Their vineyards have been accumulated down the centuries by marriages that brought additional small prime plots into the family holding. The original property was only composed of a few acres and was known as Chateau Vray Houchat. After the marriage of Sylvie Barraud and Jean Rousselot the vineyards grew in size with the addition of Chateau Les Roches de Ferrand and Saint Remy. This later became a selection of the best parcels in AOC Fronsac. Its name comes from the lieu dit Ferrand which gained its name due to traces of iron under the limestone rocks that touch the surface of the soil.
This is an ancient area within Fronsac – the church behind the vineyards is very early and dates from the 11th century. Fronsac itself is steeped in history; this is the place where the Emperor Charlemagne had his Chateau of the Francs. The region has an incredible wine making pedigree – it’s claimed that Fronsac was Bordeaux’s very first vineyard and that it was also the first place to discover the concepts of ‘cru and chateau’. Today, experts are quickly rediscovering what made Fronsac’s wines so great. The wines are supple, splendidly fruit driven and powerful. They can be enjoyed in their youth but also have a good capacity for aging. However Fronsac is still not well known and remains undervalued to the majority of the wine buying public which means that it is a good source of high quality yet affordable wine.
Chateau Saint Remy has won several awards and is excellent value for money. Its perfect partner is beef (roast beef, steak and beef bourguignon) and pairs well with venison, duck and pigeon. It’s also good with lamb (try it with pot roast lamb shanks and cannellini beans) and strongly flavoured vegetarian dishes based on aubergines, peppers, nuts and mushrooms.