From 2013 Chateau La Clemente has produced the vintages for it’s neighbour Le Rondailh, due to the winemaker breaking his leg in an unfortunate accident. Thankfully Monsieur Pallaruelo was able to assist and between them they have created something rather special. This is a classic and increasingly rare Bordeaux wine. Their semi-sweet white wine is a Bordeaux Moelleux which we don’t often see feted outside France.
The AOC Bordeaux Moelleux is difficult to pin down; its meaning has become somewhat lost in translation. When used in reference to wine the French term Moelleux describes the sensation of the wine as well as its taste: ‘soft, smooth, velvety, lush, mellow’. These types of wines are quite exceptional – slightly sweet, rounded and supple with mouth quenching acidity and superb balance. It’s a crime that we miss out on them here in the UK so we are absolutely delighted to be able to offer Le Rondailh at Bordeaux-Undiscovered.
Both La Clemente and Le Rondailh sit on the hills in Saint Macaire which lies on the right bank of the River Garonne between Sauternes and Saint Emilion. Their vineyards stretch out over three communes: Sainte Foy La Longue, Saint Laurent du Bois and Saint Martial and covers 98 acres – 24 of which are dedicated to Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes grown especially for their white wines.
This lovely Bordeaux Moelleux is a wine that would be a fantastic aperitif but it’s also a brilliant food wine that will accompany hot and spicy Asian dishes, curry, African-Caribbean cuisine, desserts, chocolate, cheeses (try it with Roquefort or Goats Cheese), pâtés, poultry, rabbit and seafood.
Learn more about Le Rondailh and Moelleux Wines on Nicks Blog: Chateau Le Rondailh – Exceptional Wine