When our team first reached out to estates in France to see if they were interested in working with us, Bordeaux was not a region that we immediately thought of. And actually, the first time we tried the wines of Château Cassini we were not in a verdant field by the gentle rivers of Garonne and Dordogne. Nor were we wined and dined in a Michelin-starred restaurant in Hong Kong, like how many Bordeaux wineries choose to do.
We simply had heard of the work that vigneron Arnaud Daudier de Cassini has been accomplishing in his tiny 1.93 hectare estate in Saint-Emilion. Then we reached out, samples were sent, and our team was captivated—these were without a doubt some of the most soulful wines we've tasted regardless of the terroir, and every sip reminded us of the love that went into each grape.
Right now his wines are soaring through the best natural wine bars and stores in Paris, and slowly finding their way through Denmark and the United States. All the wines at the estate are farmed biodynamically, fermented with indigenous yeasts only, and most importantly here aged without any oak.
All of the estate's wines have been certified organic since the 2012 vintage, although he's been practicing organic for years. When you combine perfect grapes with a skilled winemaker (Arnaud had previously worked as the maître de chai in Château Figeac and Château Le Tertre Roteboeuf), the result will be undeniably pure.
We could tell you that these wines are lusciously textured, that they restrained and clean, that they aren't overly fruity or earthy. We could tell you that they are some of the most delicious examples of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon that we've ever tasted, and that they can age. But what's most important is that we love them, and hope you will too.