Château de Malle Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes 2001
The vineyards are situated in the communes of Preignac and of Fargues. Only 28 hectares of the vineyard area of Château de Malle are dedicated to the making of Sauternes. The vines are planted on the undulating slopes of a plateau of medium altitude on gravelly clay soil on a siliceous sub-soil. The vines (69 % Semillon, 28 % Sauvignon and 3% Muscadelle) have an average age of between 30 and 40 years and are planted at a density of 6,600 vines per hectare. Each year the fruit of the vine patiently awaits the progressive invasion of the noble fungus called botrytis cinerea. The vintage, in accordance with tradition, is still brought in by hand by means of successive selective pickings. Each individual grape is only snipped off once it has achieved a perfect state of “rôti”, that is to say, when it is shrivelled up and fully concentrated. Three to five pickings are usually necessary. This varies depending upon all the combined conditions for making great Sauternes. The average size of the vintage is minimal and is situated between 12 and 15 hectolitres per hectare. THE CELLARS Each grape variety is vinified separately. The grapes are immediately and directly pressed and the settling of the must takes about 10 hours. The fine lees are then re-introduced before fermentation commences in oak barrels. A third of these barrels are new each year. The barrels are topped up regularly and a racking takes place every three months. Maturing of the wine in barrel lasts between 20 and 24 months. The wine is bottled at the Château 2 or 3 years after the vintage, depending on the character of the year. The average annual production is 40,000 bottles of which 85 % is exported.
Turmeric color. Nose: peach, pineapple, roses. Chalky texture, in a bad way. Different - pineapple, cookie, flowers, almost spicy. Medium+ sweetness. $50
This producer always seems to be right on top of things. Great quality, and you can't beat the price.
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Château de Malle Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes
...Aromas of fruit salad, honey and herbs. High-pitched and slightly hard-edged, with penetrating peach and spicy oak flavors. Rather powerful and juicy but not especially fleshy or sweet... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Sauternes Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2001 Chateau de Malle 750ml