The Romans were the first to cultivate vines in this exceptional terroir. Wealthy patricians were so enamored by the unique charm and beauty of the landscape that they built "villas" here. Visitors to the area can still admire the remains of one of these villas, complete with its baths. It is reputed to have belonged to the Roman poet Ausonius.
Loupiac, a wine made primarily with Semillon grapes, is created through the magic of botrytis cinerea, commonly known as "noble rot", which slowly develops on ripe grapes. These Bordeaux vineyards are atypical because the vines are planted facing the Garonne, on the right bank, where the soils are gravelly and high in chalky clay. Its citrus aromas and liquorice notes give Loupiac its distinctive character. This wine region is very old and it even boasts an ancient a Gallo-Roman villa.
WHEN FIRE MEETS WATER...
Planted exclusively on slopes and plateaus, the vines retain only as much water as they need to thrive, which also explains the fine concentration of the grapes they produce. After sustaining the vines all summer long, the generous sun lingers to caress the Garonne river in the early days of autumn. During this time, the alternating dry heat and the early morning mists favor the development of noble rot.
These sweet wines come from the commune of Loupiac and its hilly terroir, on the right bank of the Garonne, 40 km from Bordeaux. Only the wines produced here are entitled to the Loupiac appellation. The grape varieties used are Semillon, Savignon and Muscadelle.
SEMILLON, SAUVIGNON, MUSCADELLE
VISITS AND ANECDOTES
The Roman villas
The wine for bold pairings
Elegant, but with a nervy edge, Loupiac is pefect for original, creative and even unconventional food pairings. Depending on your mood and tastes, it goes well with the tasty delicacies of Asian, Chinese and European cuisine, thanks to its sweet, long finish, punctuated by a touch of acidity.
Production limited by an official decree
Nature and winemakers favor quality and quantity. In fact, annual production has been limited by a decree since 1936. Today, the vineyards produce approximately 12,500 hl of sweet white wine per year.