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Château Cazebonne

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Jean-Baptiste Duquesne is a Bordeaux Pirate, shaking up the conventions of Bordeaux bureaucracy and challenging the status quo. After his selling his French cuisine recipe sharing website, he wrote the book "Bordeaux: Une Histoire de Cépages" which is a detailed history of 19th Century grape varieties in the Bordeaux.

Obsessed, he turned Château de Cazebonne into the largest library of ancestral grape varieties, such as: Mancin, Castets, Bouchalès, St-Macaire, Jurancon noir, Mérille, Béquignol, Pardotte, Gros Cabernet, Petit Péjac, Sauvignonasse, Penouille…. He has already planted 26 of the recognised historical varieties and aims to have all 57 planted by 2030...

The three white wines above, show a clear ladder of style and quality starting with an unnoaked VDF mono varietal, then an unnoaked AOC Graves, sand-rooted Semillon/Sauvignon blend and finishing with a gravel-rooted AOC Graves blend which sees half 500L barriques/ half amphorae.

Three reds follow a similar trend: an unnoaked 100% Cab, « Le Grand Vin » a sandy- gravelly merlot/cab blend that spends 11 months in barriques and « Galets de Cazebonne » a cabernet fermented and aged in amphorae.

The yesteryear cuvées, take classic Bordeaux winemaking ideals, but blend ancient varieties. « Soif de 1900 » is the unnoaked, smashable juicy house blend (*Jurancon noir, Mérille, Béquignol, Petit Verdot) and « Comme en 1900 » is a more structured and powerful Bordeaux red (**Mancin, Castets, Bouchalès, Saint-Macaire, Jurancon Noir, Petit Verdot). the wine spends 18 months ageing in amphorae first, then barriques.

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