Château Clos Haut Peyraguey, 1er Cru Classé, Sauternes, 2007

  Château Clos Haut Peyraguey

Château Clos Haut Peyraguey, 1er Cru Classé, Sauternes

Deep green/gold with a compact grippy core, aromas of orange peel and rich in botrytis; creamy white peach on the palate, full of fleshy sweet fruit and warm honeycomb, soft and long with fresh acidity on the finish. An impressive effort.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Clos Haut Peyraguey

Chateau Clos Haut Peyraguey is the smallest estate of the Sauternes First Growths in the 1855 ranking. It has 12 hectares, 8 of which compose a single lot on the northeastern slope and 4 adjoin Château Yquem’s parcels. It lies at the centre of the Great First Growths near the village of Bommes with neighbours such as Rayne-Vigneau, Sigalas-Rabaud, Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Château d’Yquem, then Guiraud and LaTour Blanche. During harvest, winemaker Martine Langlais-Pauly will been seen with grape pickers in the rows of vines clarify the instructions and ensure that each grape is picked at the ideal ripeness to produce the best vintage .

Appellation: Sauternes

Three grape varieties are planted: Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle. Sémillon is the principal grape, because it is especially susceptible to noble rot, Sauvignon is used for its naturally high acidity, whilst tiny proportions of the capricious Muscadelle are used for aromatic qualities. Sweet wine has been made here at least since the late 18th century. Its position is unique, close to two rivers, the broad Garonne and its small tributary, the Ciron. In autumn, the cool Ciron waters flow into the warmer tidal Garonne, evening mists develop that envelop the vineyards until late morning the following day, after the sun has burnt the mist away all that is left is moisture on trhe grapes that encourages noble rot or Botrytis cinerea. This fungus attacks grapes, causing them to shrivel, concentrating flavour sugars and acids. The wines were classified in 1855, the most prominent of which is Château Yquem, whose yields even in a vintage where noble rot is prominent, reach no more than 10 hl/ha.

Grape Blend: Semillon | Sauvignon Blanc

Semillon is blended with Sauvignon Blanc to produce the great sweet botrytis-affected wines of Bordeaux in Sauternes and Barsac, the Sauvignon adds aroma, fruit and freshness to the rich fleshy Semillon. Semillon is at its most illustrious in the humid atmosphere of Sauternes and Barsac, where it is susceptible to Botrytis rot, which helps concentrate the fruit sugars, acids and flavours, producing some of the most luscious, sweet long-lived wines in the world. The most renowned example is Château d'Yquem, though there are a plethora of estates throughout the region whose wines come close in quality.