Introduction Situated in the Preignac commune, neighbour to Châteaux d’Yquem, Suduiraut and Lafaurie-Peraguey, this is a classically balanced, pretty Sauternes.
Background This vineyard is divided into 3 individual parcels, one of which is situated next to the great Château d’Yquem. This parcel is always harvested first when it has reached a good level of ripeness, not yet fully botrytised. Attacked by noble botrytis, grapes become shrivelled, their grape sugars concentrated through losing water , all the while retaining acidity The other two areas are allowed to become fully botrytised – climate permitting. This practice ensures consistent well-balanced acidity in the blend, the better to complement the richness of the wine.
Location Preignac, in the heart of Sauternes, on clay limestone slopes, close to the Ciron, a tributary of the Garonne
Climate Unique microclimate perfect for the cultivation of Botrytis – morning mists, sun, heat interspersed with rains
Soils Clay, gravel & sand
Size, Vine Density & Average Age of Vines 11 hectares planted at 6,600 vines per hectare; 35 years
Grape Variety Sémillon 90%, Muscadelle 5% & Sauvignon Blanc 5%
Fermentation Traditional, temperature controlled fermentation
Maturation Up to 2 years in barriques (15% new)
Enticingly aromatic and floral nose on the nose, this ticks all of the boxes for prettiness and floral charm. There is tropical fruit here, melon and lychee, touched by traces of honey. Chilled, it works beautifully with savoury dishes such as rich pâtés, with blue cheese (Roquefort sublime) as well as not too sweet desserts. The finish offers honeysuckle, marmalade and upbeat freshness
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