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Château Filhot Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes 2003

Winemaker's Notes:

You know it's not bad, but you should really try a Jurançon or a Vouvray. Oh, I said that before. The quality of this second growth estate has improved markedly since the mid 1980s. The location is just to the north of the village of Sauternes on gravelly hillside beds with a southwest orientation. Yields are low (about 15hl/ha) and the blend is Sémillon (55%), Sauvignon (40%) and Muscadelle (5%). This high proportion of Sauvignon and the refusal to use any new oak (the wine is aged in stainless steel and 5+yr old oak barrels for 24-36 months) gives Filhot a fruitier, more aromatic quality than some of the bigger-boned Sauternes. No, definitely better than a slap on the shins with a warm kipper.

Château Filhot:
The Château FILHOT was fonded in 1709 by Romain de FILHOT and is now owned and managed by one of his descendants: count Henri de Vaucelles. The estate covers an area of 350 hectares with 62 hectares of vineyard all along the south of the Sauternes village in the Sauternes appellation.

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You know it's not bad, but you should really try a Jurançon or a Vouvray. Oh, I said that before. The quality of this second growth estate has improved markedly since the mid 1980s. The location is just to the north of the village of Sauternes on gravelly hillside beds with a southwest orientation. Yields are low (about 15hl/ha) and the blend is Sémillon (55%), Sauvignon (40%) and Muscadelle (5%). This high proportion of Sauvignon and the refusal to use any new oak (the wine is aged in stainless steel and 5+yr old oak barrels for 24-36 months) gives Filhot a fruitier, more aromatic quality than some of the bigger-boned Sauternes. No, definitely better than a slap on the shins with a warm kipper.

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