Château des Antonins, Bordeaux Blanc, France, 2019

Château des Antonins, Bordeaux Blanc, France, 2019

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The wine has bright aromas of fresh grapefruit and white peach with a lifted acidity. The expressive, textured palate displays a lovely richness from the Semillon which culminates in a long, refreshing finish.

Located southeast of Bordeaux, Château des Antonins is a family-run estate steeped in history. The estate, built in the 13th century, owes its name to the ‘Antonins’ monks who lived there for 500 years. A large part still survives today, including a toll bridge, chapel, monastery and various windmills. Phylloxera destroyed the vineyards in the late 19th century but the de Roquefeuil family, who have owned the estate since the 1850s, have gradually replanted vines, which today cover 25 hectares. Geoffroy and Martine de Roquefeuil took over in 1985, and have moved to sustainable farming. Their son Antoine spent time working in New Zealand before returning to the family estate as head winemaker in 2016.