A few owners, though, are trying to revive the Sainte-Foy- Bordeaux appellation. Those who adhere to a charter created by the local wine-growers’ union commit themselves to selecting the best land parcels, using growing methods that respect the vine and its environment, harvesting the grapes at their peak of ripeness and health, and respecting the winemaking standards of this AOC. Chateaux l’Enclos, de Vacques, ana Hostens-Picant are noteworthy members of this group.
Rich or supple, with a complex nose of red berries, leaf mold, and leather, the red wines can be enjoyed young for their fruitiness and also improve with age. Their harmonious and tannic structure allows them to mature well in Bordeaux oak casks. The dry and sweet white wines have floral and spicy aromas.
At one time the glasses used for fine wines, especially Bordeaux, were small and were filled nearly to the brim. Today, fortunately, much larger sizes are used and the glass is filled only one-third full, which makes tasting much easier.
To serve Bordeaux wines the preferred glass is the tulip, which has an oval shape. These generally have a large capacity of twenty-five to thirty centiliters. Glasses for drinking Sauternes and other sweet white wines are a little smaller: eighteen to twenty centiliters.
Decanters should have a curved shape, without sharp angles, and above all should not be colored. The neck should be narrow (like a swan’s neck) and have a glass stopper. Their capacity should be about one liter if they are to hold the contents of a normal bottle, and a little more than one-and-a-half liters for a magnum.
Seuil (Ch. du)
Dating from the eighteenth century, Chateau du Seuil is one of the most beautiful residences in Cérons. An exceptional position on the banks of the Garonne makes the property especially attractive. Well situated on the plateau of Larrouquey, the vines benefit from a gravelly or siliceous-clay-limestone soil on a rocky bed and produce excellent quality Graves wines which regularly win awards in various competitions.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Watts and their daughter bought this estate in 1988 and have put a great deal of work into restoring and developing the vine-yard, which currently covers twelve hectares (four of these produce white wine). In their quest for quality, they have installed a number of temperature-controlled stainless-steel vats. These are complemented by a cellar that can hold 250 oak casks for maturing the wine. Dry and sweet white wines are matured in new casks.