Chateau Du Cros Loupiac AC, Famille Boyer

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£261.63 / case (12+ bottles, 5% off)

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Chateau Du Cros Loupiac is a sweet white wine from the Bordeaux wine-growing region. It is made from late harvested, noble rot affected Semillon, Sauvignon and Muscadelle.

Chateau du Cros is the main property of the Famille Boyer and it is located in the small Bordeaux appellation of Loupiac. The commune of Loupiac is located between Cadillac and Ste Croix de Mont on the right bank of the Garonne river directly opposite the famous sweet wine growing left bank appellations of Barsac and Sauternes.  The current owner of the chateau is Chatherine who took over from her father Michel in 2004. Michel himself had taken over from his father George and undertook a programme of replanting and acquisition of other vineyards to diversify and expand Chateau du Cros.

The Cros home vineyard is located in Loupiac 40kms to the south of Bordeaux and consists of some 60 hectares of vines surrounding the medieval Chateau du Cros. The medieval Chateau was inhabited until 1940 but was partly destroyed in World War 2 and has since fallen in ruin. The remains are perched atop a hill which is the highest point to view the Garonne in the Gironde. The Boyer family have a very rare, single plot of Semillon vines planted here that are 107 years old. The soils here have a high proportion of limestone which helps to produce wines with good acidity. The vineyards are located only 80 metres from the Garonne River where it converges with the Cirons. The confluence of the two rivers creates a thermal shock resulting in very misty conditions from August through to October – the ideal conditions for the Botrytis Cinerea (also known as Noble Rot) that helps to concentrate the aromas and sweetness in the grapes for sweet wine production.

Chateau du Cros Loupiac is a blend of 90% Semillon, 5% Sauvignon and 5% Muscadelle. The grapes are harvested by hand with a team of around 50 pickers making two to four selections depending on the vintage. The wine is aged for 12 months in oak barrels, 30% of which are new.

Loupiac benefits from a similar microclimate to Sauternes characterized by misty mornings and humid conditions, which promote the growth of Botrytis cinerea. Wines from the region offer an excellent alternative to Sauternes.

Tasting Notes

Chateau du Cros Loupiac has a brilliant, light golden yellow colour. The nose is complex and aromatic with aromas of peach, apricot, citrus, acacia and a slight hint of toasty oak. The palate is very sweet but with good acidity so that the wine is not cloying. There are toasty oak notes from the barrel ageing but the palate is dominated by apricot and plum with some candied, honey character beginning to develop. It has a very long, lingering finish with great subtlety and elegance.

Drink With

Chateau du Cros Loupiac can be kept for 15 to 30 years and develops much more candied, marmalade character as it ages. This makes a superb aperitif or dessert wine. It is traditionally served with foie gras or blue cheeses but can equally be served with roast chicken or desserts. A very versatile food wine.

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