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    3 675
  • Producer ranking ?

    4
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    from 2020
  • Food Pairing

    cheesecake with an Amaretti

The Story

The 62 hectares of vines of the château Filhot are planted with 60 % of Sémillon, 36 % of Sauvignon and 4 % of Muscadelle. The hillsides face towards the south or the south-west and consist of gravels, clay and sand on calcareous base. They are bordered by the Landes forest and are crossed by Ciron (small local river) which creates the ideal microclimate for the development of the botrytis cinerea on the grapes.

The harvest is made with successive selections according to the state of maturation of the grapes and the evolution of the noble rot (botrytis cinerea). This long work of selection gives low yield, about 10 to 20 hl/ha depending on the year.

Viticulture

Vineyard position: South of the village of Sauternes on south-west facing slopes

Harvesting: By hand with successive passages through the vines

Winemaking

Fermentations: In 50 hectolitre temperature-controlled stainless steel vats

Temperature of fermentation: Between 19 and 21 degrés C

Length of fermentation: From 10 to 30 days depending to the grape variety and the concentration

Filtration: Light and gentle filtration 10 months after the fermentation (no sterile filtration)

Blending: Approximately 14 months after fermentation

Maturing: 2 years in barrel and vats

Barrels: Oak from the Allier forest of central France, 1/3 new barrels yearly

Bottling: 20 to 24 months after fermentation

 

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Vintage 2015

Neal Martin  89-91p / The 2015 Filhot was showing just a little reduction on the nose when I tasted it. The palate feels balanced, fresh and clean in the mouth, a little muted at first but with a few swirls it finds its voice, and I appreciate that dab of spice on the finish. This should come together by the time of bottling and it may warrant a higher mark.

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Golden. Apples, peach, pears and apricots nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, sugary, sweet, has freshness but lacks complexity. 88-90

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Medium pale colour. Grapefruit, lime, white flower aromas with herb aniseed notes. Well concentered with good movement and energy. Fresh lemon glacé honey, aniseed flavours, al dente notes and fine long acidity, savoury oak notes, Finishes minerally, touch saline but lovely length of flavour. 93 points
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Sauternes, Sauternes

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Filhot 2015  ( Château Filhot )

Golden. Apples, peach, pears and apricots nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, sugary, sweet, has freshness but lacks complexity. 88-90

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 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Château Filhot 2015  ( Château Filhot )

"Medium pale colour. Grapefruit, lime, white flower aromas with herb aniseed notes. Well concentered with good movement and energy. Fresh lemon glacé honey, aniseed flavours, al dente notes and fine long acidity, savoury oak notes, Finishes minerally, touch saline but lovely length of flavour. 93 points"

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