Bordeaux - Tour de Mirambeau
Tour de Mirambeau Bordeaux Supérieur and Entre-Deux-Mers
The Despagne family have owned and grown vines on the Mirambeau site for over 250 years, though Jean-Louis Despagne is the first to devote himself entirely to winemaking.
After graduating in enology from the University of Bordeaux, armed with tips from Émile Peynaud and Jean Ribereau-Gayon, he set out to complete his training on several continents including Africa and South America.
From the original 49 acres of vines, the estate has gradually increased to its pressent 217 acres. Nearly two-thirds of that are devoted to white wines. Michel Rolland is but one of the Château's consulting enologists.
Vinification for the white wines take place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, and remain on their lees until bottling.
Tour de Mirambeau Bordeaux Supérieur Cuvée Passion Red
70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Matured 10 months in new oak barrels, where it also passes its malolactic.
Tasting Notes: Full-bodied, superbly-balanced wine. Rich and forward on the nose, its velvety texture yields ripe cassis flavors and spicy oak — a perfect match for roasted and grilled meats or mature cheeses.
Tour de Mirambeau Bordeaux Supérieur Cuvée Passion White
This is the white counterpart to the previous wine, made with 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon, a blend typically seen in the white wines of Graves. Barrels are between 400 and 600 liters, giving a wine that has all the complexity that wood gives without coming across as overly oaky.
Tasting Notes: The fruit is creamy and exotic, buttressed by bright underlying acidity. Great as an accompanyment to complex fish or poultry dishes.