I actually met Pascal Cuisset (pictured left), owner/winemaker of Chateau des Eyssards, in Seattle at a wine show put on by the French Wine Commission in the spring of 2011. I entered the Columbia Tower Club on a beautiful, sunny day, and this hulk of a guy was standing at a corner table, proud as he could be, with a friendly smile & simultaneously the feeling that he couldn’t give a rip if you came to his table or not. I couldn’t resist. I walked right over, greeted him and tasted his lineup. The wines were fantastic. With Pascal, there was no bs. He watched me taste the wines; he knew I liked them; he said to me: You taste the wines and you like them or you don’t. You like them, which is great. If you don’t, that’s fine too. Salt of the earth. Works hard making his wine. Plays hard as tubist with his local oompa band. Loves his life. Are wines from Bergerac the easiest to sell? No. But they are delicious, better priced than their neighbors from Bordeaux, and these wines carry the essence of the man who makes them which is a lot of fun. The Rouge is a great alternative to the pricier reds to the west. The Blanc is one of the craziest whites in our book with deep, rich, luscious fruit. It flew when it first arrived. Thankfully more will be arriving shortly.
More from the producer:
A 40 hectare estate in the region of Bergerac (east of the more well-known region of Bordeaux), Chateau des Eyssards is owned and operated by the Cuisset family. Using the hillsides of Saussignac, Chateau des Eyssards produces wines using Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Cabernet Franc & Merlot grapes. Pascal Cuisset is the head of the Domaine, and his passion about wines combined with his intuitive skills as a winemaker help to create the final complex wines that are produced on the estate. When not producing wines, Pascal is very active in his local band in which he plays the tuba. He is quite a fixture throughout the region not only due to his fantastic skills in wine, but also in his musical abilities.
We are pleased to import two wines from Chateau des Eyssards:
Chateau des Eyssards Bergerac Sec Bergerac Sec Cuvée Prestige (a blend of Sauvignon Blanc & Semillion) as well as Chateau des Eyssards Bergerac Rouge Cuvée Prestige (Merlot & Cabernet Franc).
Please contact me if you are interested in ordering either of these wines.
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