Saga R

In 1999, we wanted to create a new range of wines, each expressing the quintessence of an appellation, around Bordeaux. That is how Saga R was born.

Our family has been producing wine in Bordeaux since 1868. For six generations, we have learned to understand each appellation, and we want wine lovers all over the world to be able to dive into the originality of each one with confidence. Our CSR commitments also apply to Saga R .
The challenges of sustainable viticulture, resource conservation, responsible sourcing, meeting consumer expectations and human solidarity are integrated at every stage, from wine selection to tasting.

Through close partnerships with our winemakers, we select the best grapes for Saga R. Then, the know-how of our oenologist Diane Flamand and our master winemakers is applied with the same care as for the Grands Crus to produce wines that best reflect the personality of the terroirs from which they are made. This is illustrated by the positive observations made in the field as we meet with our partners: the wine industry is making progress in terms of both quality and environmental management.

The wines of the Saga R range are thus among the references of each appellation. The Saga R wines of the Pauillac and Médoc appellations come from the DBR Lafite vineyards and neighbouring vineyards. The red and white Bordeaux wines are made from selections of the best wines of the Entre-Deux-Mers region.

Very early on, the best batches are selected, after multiple blind tastings, in order to acquire the very first choices and to be able to control the quality of the wine throughout the different stages of its ageing.

Among our commitments: fair compensation in support of maintaining local roots. To reduce our associated carbon footprint, our packaging is evolving with lighter bottles and more environmentally friendly materials.

DBR Lafite joined the B Corp community in December 2023. To see more, click here.

The style of the Saga R range emphasises above all the truth of a terroir, the purity of the fruit and balance, a prevailing value of DBR Lafite. They always tend to express the freshness and elegance that make Bordeaux great.

“A round and fruity wine, Saga R Bordeaux Rouge is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, in the Bordeaux tradition.”

Saga R Bordeaux Rouge

For Saga R Bordeaux Rouge, we bring in a higher proportion of Merlot, and we do not use any oak to preserve the purity of the fruit. Saga R Bordeaux Rouge reveals fresh fruit aromas such as raspberry and gooseberry.

Nestled between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, the Entre-deux-Mers region, with its hilly terrain and varied soils, offers a wide variety of terroirs particularly suited to Merlot, with some well exposed slopes suited to Cabernet Sauvignon. The Bordeaux tradition is to blend these grapes to make harmonious wines.

The Entre-Deux-Mers region is best visited by taking your time. Without doubt, travelling it on two wheels is the best way to do it. The Tour de France often crosses the region. Rumour has it that some of the cyclists in the great cycling race like to get lost along the way and quench their thirst between the rows of vines with a glass of Bordeaux.

“A lively and aromatic wine, Saga R Bordeaux Blanc is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.”

Saga R Bordeaux Blanc

What makes Saga R Bordeaux Blanc so lively and aromatic? Our winemakers select grapes from the east-facing limestone slopes of the Entre-Deux-Mers, where the berries ripen slowly and preserve their refreshing acidity.

Saga R Bordeaux Blanc mostly consists of Sauvignon Blanc, a grape variety renowned for its incomparable crispness. A small proportion of Sémillon is added to the blend and contributes to its silky mouthfeel.

This blend combines citrus and candied lemon notes with delicate mineral notes. Aged on the lees, it is a round wine with a refreshing finish that Jacques and André particularly appreciate:

Every year, André invites his friend Jacques to a bike ride to Arcachon. They then take the boat to the legendary oyster huts of Cap Ferret. “The bravest man the world has ever seen is the one who was the first to eat a raw oyster,” says an old saying. Jacques is not so daring. But André, who gobbles up oysters by the dozen, knows that a chilled bottle of Bordeaux Blanc is the perfect bribe to convince Jacques never to miss this appointment.

“Saga R Médoc is a full-bodied, balanced, and complex wine, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.”

Saga R Médoc

Saga R Médoc is a carefully selected blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Our Médoc is partly aged in oak barrels for 8 months, which gives the wine its characteristic notes of vanilla and smoke. It is a full-bodied, balanced, and complex wine. A fine example of the famous appellation.

The long Médoc peninsula stretches between the Gironde estuary and the Atlantic Ocean. It takes its name from the Latin, “In medio Aquae“, meaning “in the middle of the waters“. The unique location of the Médoc, combined with mineral-rich alluvial subsoils and well exposed gravelly hilltops, give rise to exceptional wines made mainly from Cabernet Sauvignon, its king grape variety.

In the past, families lived on the islands of the estuary. Every Saturday, the Biellet family rowed across the river to buy supplies at the Macau market. Their shopping always included a few cases of their favourite Médoc. But they were usually a little ambitious about how much wine the boat could carry. However, rather than leave a load of Médoc on the quay, the youngest son would swim home. Bravo, Philippe!

“Saga R Saint-Émilion is an elegant blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. That type of wine you want to keep in your private collection…” 

Saga R Saint-Émilion

Generations of local knowledge have taught our grape growers that the key to creating sensational Saint-Émilion wine lives underground. In addition to providing an amazing network of underground rivers and passageways in Saint-Émilion, the incredible limestone rocks carved out of the hills have generated calcary soils known amongst the best in the world for its Merlot.

Silky and harmonious, Saga R Saint-Émilion is an elegant blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc with a distinguished bouquet of red fruit and toast. The wine is aged for 12 months in oak barrels, partly new. Rich and smooth on the palate, it offers silky tannins and a long aftertaste.

Saint-Émilion is a unique appellation in Bordeaux, where an abundance of smaller vineyards make a mosaic of the landscape. But, what goes on beneath the vines is just as special. Below the vineyards are a labyrinth of quarries and tunnels, joining plots and cellars throughout the region. Not just useful for getting around, the underground network is thought to be the perfect place for winemakers to hide their secret hoard of treasured bottles. And with wine as special as Saint-Émilion, no wonder they want to keep a private collection all for themselves.

“A robust and elegant wine, Saga R Pauillac is made from some of the best vineyards in its appellation.”

Saga R Pauillac

Saga R Pauillac is a beautiful expression of the power and elegance of this great Bordeaux appellation. It comes from some of the best vineyards in Pauillac. The blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, aged for 12 months in oak barrels, results in a complex and well-structured wine with toasty and spicy notes. A long-lasting wine that will reveal its secrets over time.

In Pauillac, under the pebbles that cover the soil and create an almost white landscape, the different layers of sediment are the very secret of a unique terroir that produces complex and elegant wines.

It is well known that behind every great Bordeaux winegrower sits a faithful dog. The Rothschild family is no exception. One night, the cellar door accidentally closed as he passed through. Not knowing how to bark, he had to spend the night there. Although he has never tasted wine, this intelligent dog probably knows instinctively that every drop of Pauillac deserves to be protected.

“Generations of local know-how have taught our winemakers the secrets of each appellation. They know where to find the best grapes to create the most remarkable wines.”

DIANE FLAMAND,
œNOLOGUE, RESPONSABLE Saga R
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