A bright, golden wine that opens with intense aromas of candied fruits, honey and spice. Rich and unctuous on the palate, it retains lovely delicacy and is perfectly balanced. The fresh, long finish has a lively citrus twist to round it off.
Jean-Christophe Laville whose Château Laville 2007 has won the 2013 Decanter World Wine Award Sweet Bordeaux Trophy (over £10), is an expert in the field of noble rot. He wrote his doctoral thesis on the ‘Composition of wines made from noble rotted grapes‘ and continues as a lecturer and researcher at Bordeaux‘s faculty of Oenology. His 20 hectare domaine, Château Laville, was created by his grandfather. Jean-Christophe has been making this superb Sauternes since 1997 and has been in charge of the domaine since 2002.
The 40 year old vines vineyards is located in Preignac, overlooking Château Doisy-Védrines on the other side of the Ciron stream in Barsac. Neighbouring estates include Châteaux Bastor-Lamontagne and Haut-Bergeron. Sémillon is the principal grape variety (85%) with an additional Sauvignon Blanc (13%) and a small part of Muscadelle (2%). The grapes are selectively hand harvested with four to six passages through the vines. “As soon as the botrytis appears we harvest as this helps maintain freshness, fruit and aroma,” says Jean-Christophe Barbe. Vinification takes place in stainless steel tanks and the ageing in 400-litre barrels, 80 percent of which are renewed yearly. “This size of barrel allows a harmonious integration of fruit and oak,” he confirms.
In addition to Jean-Christophe‘s award winning Sauternes from Château Laville, we also carry his second Sauternes label, Château Delmond, which is sourced from younger vines and cooler parts of the vineyard.