In the extreme West of the Dordogne region, the area of Montravel is the first Bergerac vineyard one comes across when leaving the Gironde. Here the terroir is made of light soils with alluvial deposits on the plains and of highly reshaped sedimentary formations. These molasses lie on chalk, and the result is an ideal soil for the production of quality white wines, dry or mellow. The vineyard, with a surface area of 1,463 hectares of white vineyards and 1,747 hectares of red vineyards, stretches over 14 towns or villages for the Montravel appellation, nine under the Côtes de Montravel appellation and five the Haut-Montravel appellation.
The production of white wines is split between Montravel (dry), Côtes de Montravel (mellow) and Haut-Montravel (mellow or sweet botrytized wine by special dispensation). The Montravel (dry), Côtes de Montravel (mellow) and Haut-Montravel (mellow or sweet botrytized by special dispensation) come from a blend of Sémillon, Sauvignon and Muscadelle.
Ondenc and Chenin blanc may also be used in the Montravel appellation. Sauvignon is largely dominant in the dry Montravel wines.
The Montravel AOC wines are dry, very aromatic, velvety wines with a good structure. Fermented and matured in new barrels or barrels of classified growth, the aromas are warmer and more velvety. The structure is powerful and the tannins from the wood require further development.
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