Château LaulerieWebsite : www.vignoblesdubard.com/chateau-laulerie-domaine-du-gouyat-vignobles-chais-en.php
Grégory Dubard has run this dynamic and go-ahead estate in Bergerac since 2004, with an 83-hectare vineyard rolling down towards the banks of the Dordogne and split evenly between white and red grapes.
The secret of the Dubard success story? Fresh wines with great purity of fruit, including a Sauvignon Blanc that can give more hallowed names a run for their money, a Montravel of great leesy complexity and a supple, fragrant Merlot made in a way that lets the fruit sing (no oak ageing here).
The Dubards have winemaking experience in regions as diverse as Marlborough and St-Emilion, and this cross-cultural stylistic influence shines through in wines that combine modernity with a distinctive sense of place.
The latest addition is a Côtes-de-Montravel moelleux sweet wine with just under 50g/litre of residual sugar, characterised as similar to Montbazillac but ideally suited to lighter, fruitier dessert dishes – a great-value by-the-glass opportunity for restaurants.
Other wines by this producer
This white wine, fermented and aged in french barrels, offers intense aromas of pine resin, fresh melon and grilled almonds. A lively attack leads into a full flavoured, powerful mid palate where the velvety texture gives a wonderful depth to this wine.
On the nose, this white wine combines gooseberry, exotic fruit and peach. The palate is rich and generous, with a fresh, tasty finish and a fruity after-taste.
Soft and supple Merlot blend from up-and-coming young winemaker Grégory Dubard in Bergerac. Lively red fruit with a hint of pepper characterise the nose of this red wine. A supple and velvety palate, accompanied by berry fruit aromas make this medium-weight wine easy-to-drink and ideal for the summer.
Pale gold with barley sugar and orange blossom and a sweet, creamy palate.