Château des Eyssards
A beautiful 48 hectare estate to the south-west of the town of Bergerac on the edge of the Dordogne. It is owned by Pascal Cuisset who is one of the most innovative young winemakers in the region. Pascal is passionate about his wines and believes that while technology can be extremely useful in winemaking it is the physical labour and intuitive skills of a winemaker which really count. Pascal has 20 hectares of red wine grapes (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc) and 28 of white grapes (Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Muscadelle & Chenin Blanc).
"A wonderful fresh aromatic Sauvignon, given perfect body and weight by the addition of some Semillon. This would leave most Chilean and New Zealand Sauvignon trailing in its wake.
The ripe green fruits and dry finish make it a great all - rounder."
Wine of the Week, John Wilson, Sunday Tribune
"Bergerac, lying just outside the confines of Bordeaux, can offer some great value wines. The whites in particular are worth looking out for. Based on the Sauvignon grape, as used in Sancerre and Pouilly Fume, the best are fresh, aromatic and crisp. The Chateau des Eyssards is a perfect example, with floral grassy aromas, light green fruits on a racy but stylish centre-palate, finishing dry. Great by itself or with lighter fish and seafood. As an everyday wine I don't see how you can do any better".
John Wilson's Pick Under EUR10.00, Sunday Tribune Magazine
"If I had to tip one winegrower for future greatness it would be the uncompromising Pascal Cuisset of Chateau des Eyssards."
Andrew Jefford, Financial Times
"Crack open a bottle of this excellent fresh, crisp dry white, with its rounded apple fruits and zesty notes of citrus. Quite amazing value."
Wine of the Week, John Wilson, Irish Times