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Chateau Grillon 2016 Sauternes

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The Noble Rot at Chateau Grillon

For the alchemy to be perfect, not only must the grapes be perfectly ripe before the Botrytis develops, but also the morning fogs must be as intense as possible as the harvest approaches. Chateau Grillon is ideally located at the top of the Barsac limestone plateau at its northern end: this elevation and the texture of the soil provide ideal natural drainage for the ripening of the grapes.

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Capricious mushroom and nonchalant stream

If man cultivates vines all over the world, there is a phenomenon unique in the world that he cannot domesticate: the development on grapes of the Botrytis Cinerea fungus responsible for the Noble Rot of Sauternes sweet wines. In order for this capricious fungus to develop harmoniously on ripe grapes, it needs an alternation of humid autumn mornings and sunny afternoons. Without the presence of the former, the fungus does not develop and it turns into a vulgar grey rot without the assistance of the latter.  In Sauternes, the conditions for the development of Botrytis Cinerea are provided by the Ciron, a nonchalant tributary of the Garonne that envelops the vineyard in morning mists as the harvest approaches. The fungus then grows and creates numerous microcracks in the wall of the berry: the berry becomes the site of enzymatic processes that will lower the acidity of the must and develop aromas specific to the Noble Rot. At the end of the morning the fog gives way to the sun which dries the grapes and interrupts the development of the fungus.  The microcracks allow the water contained in the grapes to evaporate and the concentration of sugar and aromas naturally increases. The next day the sun will succeed again to the morning fogs...

The Noble Rot at Château GrillonFor the alchemy to be perfect, not only must the grapes be perfectly ripe before Botrytis develops, but also the morning fogs must be as intense as possible as the harvest approaches. Chateau Grillon is ideally located at the top of the Barsac limestone plateau at its northern end: this elevation and the texture of the soil provide ideal natural drainage for the ripening of the grapes. Moreover, it is to the north of the plateau that the Ciron flows, less than 200 m from the first plots of the château. At Grillon, the Noble Rot has found its promised land!

Area 8 hectares, clay-limestone soil, grape varieties: Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Muscadelle, average age of the vines 50 years, production 25 000 bottles,