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    3
  • Decanting time

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  • When to drink

    2020-2035

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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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Pale to medium lemon-gold in color, the 2016 Filhot gives pronounced notes of guava, pineapple upside down cake, marzipan, musk perfume, Manuka honey and allspice with a hint of crème brûlée. Full, rich and concentrated, a lovely line of freshness cuts through the dense savory/sweet layers, finishing earthy.

  • 92p

Medium pale colour. Flinty lime, lemon curd aromas with honey herb lanolin notes. Sweet lime squash, tonic water, pearskin flavours, with flinty, chalky minerally notes. Well concentrated ad supple with long pure crystalline acidity. Finishes minerally and quartz-like. Still elemental with geosmine notes. Interesting wine. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 92 points

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Sauternes, Sauternes

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