Malle Sauternes 2°cc 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.
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...extreme aromas of honey candied lemons and mandarin oranges. Full-bodied very sweet and concentrated. It goes on and on. Thick and rich. Loads of spicy almost hot botrytis character... Wine Spectator.
A fabulous effort...exhibits tremendous palate penetration deep full-bodied flavors great acidity for balance and marvelous notes of lavender honey pineapple creme brulee and spice. This is a sensationally textured long medium gold-colored moderately sweet 2001... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.
Luxurious Drinks offers you: Wine - red - 2001 - Chateau de Malle 375ml - Frankreich - Region: Bordeaux - Apellation: SAUTERNES - Semillon - 375 ml.
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