WINES FROM CHATEAU DUCASSE
ABOUT CHATEAU DUCASSEThe vineyards of Chateau Ducasse are in Barsac, usually famous for producing Sauternes. The proprietor, Herve Dubourdieu, makes some Sauternes from the vineyard but -- according to the importer Kermit Lynch, "Herve frankly considers the Sauternes from Ducasse mediocre." Instead he produces and thankfully relases a one of a kind Bordeaux Blanc. The vineyard has a dash of the important mold called botrytis, this makes grapes shrivel like raisins and become super concentrated and gives rise to the sweet dessert wines. Instead Dubourdieu makes a dry white from this fruit that has become a bit of a cult wine.
Château Ducasse is found in Barsac in the Sauternes appellation. The terroir is typical of Sauternes with argilo-calcareous soil and sub-soil of fissured rock.
Very little botrytis develops there. He says that the terroir is capable of producing a dry white wine similar to Château Graville-Lacoste, however, Ducasse is not officially within the Graves appellation. Its dry white is labeled ‘Appellation Bordeaux Controllé.’ The blend of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle is also similar to Graville