Georges Michel `La Reserve` Barrel Fermented Sauv Blanc 2010 (12x750mL) NZ

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Swan Michel hand-crafted this Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from a small block of fruit which was hand picked at optimum ripeness. Fermented and aged in 3 year old French oak barrels for 8 months with regular lees stirring.

NZ - Marlborough
New Zealand

Expert Reviews

“ Rich and creamy Sauvignon Blanc that makes up for in complexity what it lacks in fruit focus. capsicum and gooseberry flavours with a seasoing of nutty yeast character and the merest hint of toasty oak. An impressive and quite weighty texture with a lingering finish.”

4 Stars 86/100 Bob Campbell MW on

“Hand-picked fruit from a select block, fermented in 3 y.o. French oak to 13.0% alc. and 1.1 g/L rs, the wine aged 8 months with regular batonnage in barrel. Pale straw-yellow colour with green hues, pale on edge. The nose is elegantly concentrated with aromas of herbs, nectarines and gooseberries interwoven with oak spices and savoury notes. Dry on palate, this has intense flavours of nectarines, gooseberries and oak spices that unfold to show grassy and nutty layers. The wine has weight and body, the barrel fermentation adding richness on the palate. A phenolic textured line with bracing acidity is the backbone, which leads to a crisp, dry and savoury herb finish. Intense herb, grass and nectarine fruitiness is framed in a fine, textured palate along with oak elements and brisk acidity. Match with poultry and grilled or roasted seafood over the next 3-4 years”. 17.0-/20 Mar 2012 Raymond Chan

Winery Tasting Notes


This wine displays subtle oak characteristics and a long lingering finish. The tropical palate showcases pineapple and gooseberry flavours with hints of capsicum.

Serving Suggestion

12°C-15°C. This wine is best enjoyed in its youth with some seafood, grilled chicken or pork or vegetarian dishes or, simply, on its own

NZ - Marlborough
Grape Style
Sauvignon Blanc
Closure Type
Cork closure

Winery Profile

Owned by French born entrepreneur Georges Michel, former owner of Chateau de Grandmont in Burgundy, Georges Michel Estate was established in 1997, when Georges discovered the potential of the Marlborough region for producing top quality New Zealand varietals such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Viognier, Syrah and the internationally renowned Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Since then Georges Michel’s wines have been awarded numerous national and international Top Gold Awards in the USA, Europe, Australia and Asia.

Georges Michel Estate is situated in the famous 'Golden Mile' area, which denotes a micro “terroir” renowned as the best in Marlborough for consistent production of fine fruit and intense flavours.

Swan Michel – Winemaker

Georges’ daughter, Swan, has headed the winemaking team since 2005. After gaining her degree in Viticulture and Oenology in Lincoln University, she went to France for the 2004 vintage at Chateau le Grand Verdus (Bordeaux) where she crafted the wines under the supervision of the world famous winemaker, Patrick Valette.

In 2005, after the vintage at the New Zealand family winery, Swan was part of the winemaking team at the famous Clos des Lambray (1er Cru – Burgundy – France) and in 2006, at the world famous Domaine Henri Bourgeois in Sancerre (France).

View Georges Michel website


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