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Les Bois d'Emilie
Aged in oak barrels
A.O.C. 1er CRU
Coteau de Bourdigny
Château des Bois,
van Berchem Proprietors - Satigny

Les Bois d'Emilie, aged in oak
Grape Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon blanc(90%) and Pinot gris (10%)

Of uncertain origin it has been grown in France for several centuries. Mainly planted in the Gironde (Bordeaux), where it is blended with Semillon to produce the legendary sweet wines of Sauternes, as well as in the Loire to produce single varietal wines. It first appeared in Switzerland and in Geneva in 1983. Its adoption in the vineyards of Mandement was immediately successful, so much so that there are now 28.5ha with a total of 105ha planted in Switzerland.

Sauvignon juice has high levels of both acidity and sugar. It gives lively wines that are structured with good weight and freshness. The range of aromas varies according to the vintage and the ripeness of the grapes. Blackcurrant and citrus fruit are often the dominant flavour in the dry wines.

A stringent selection is made using very ripe grapes. Fermentation and ageing for ten months in French oak barrels gives complexity and finesse to this very concentrated wine.

Intense yellow colour; the complex bouquet is marked by coconut, light peach and citrus fruit. The flavours in this full-bodied wine evolve through aromas of orange, pineapple and honey. A fresh finish balances this gentle, elegant and well crafted wine.

Ageing potential
Drink within two to three years.


Ideal serving temperature

Food suggestions
Foie gras, desserts.

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