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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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Recently I encountered a bottle of 1924 Filhot, the oldest example that I have tasted, and it proved that Filhot can create a wonderful, life-affirming, vibrant and downright delicious Sauternes that effortlessly defies time. This 96-year-old comes from the twilight of Filhot’s halcyon days, since by the following decade, its vineyard had withered from 120 hectares in the mid-19th century to just 20 hectares. Limpid amber in color, the bouquet is a spellbinding mélange of quince, nectarine, mandarin and a faint scent of pumpkin, all delivered with the delineation of a top Sauternes cru. With time it develops a touch of chlorophyll, a trait I usually find in old Barsac. The palate is underpinned by a killer line of acidity that cuts through the wild honey, quince, satsuma and stem ginger notes. There is wonderful weight and tension throughout, and it finishes with satisfying sharpness that defies its venerable age and urges you back for another sip. This is a wonderful bottle of old Sauternes and perhaps the finest Filhot that I have ever encountered. I bet it will offer another 20 years of pleasure with ease. 95/Drink 2020-2040.

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