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Chateau Les Justices (375 ml)

Sauternes,
 2015

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Description

A bright, floral, succulently sweet dessert wine with light peach, quince and persimmon notes that glide through the long, creamy finish. Very stylish

Variety:  Sauternes
Region: Bordeaux, France
Winemaker:  Chateau Les Justices
Size: 375 ml
Alcohol: 14.5%

Winemaker's Notes

Juicy, with fresh, open-knit kiwifruit, quince and green plum notes and a lively, floral-tinged finish.  Note: the 2015 is the current vintage, released in 2019.  It is common for the wines of Preignac to be quite complex and age-worthy with a vivacious bouquet

John's Notes

Please note that this is a 375ml bottle (standard size is 750ml)

Botrytis (aka noble rot) is caused by the fungus Botrytis cinerea. For certain susceptible grapes (e.g. Semillon, Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Furmint) under the right conditions (fully ripe grapes, misty mornings followed by sunny/dry afternoons), this fungus begins to puncture tiny holes in the grapes. The heat and sun then concentrate the flavors and acidity by evaporating water from the fruit

As you would imagine, these conditions don’t present themselves every year, so “botrytised” wine cannot always be produced. In addition, noble rot does not affect the grapes uniformly, so several passes must be made through the vineyard to harvest grapes at just the right time

What does botrytised wine taste like? Sweet and delicious, you will generally find pronounced notes of honey, dried fruit (lemon, peach), citrus zest, apricot, and a waxy texture

Nerdy Details

Winemaker: Chateau Les Justices, Julie and Xavier Gonet-Medeville

  • Chateau Les Justices lies in the heart of the French municipality of Preignac
  • The Médeville family has been in the heart of the Sauternes region since the marriage of Numa, great-grandfather of Christian Médeville (Julie’s father)
  • Today, Julie and Xavier, her husband, perpetuate the family tradition

Variety:  88% Semillon, 8% Sauvignon Blanc, 4% Muscadelle

Region: Preignac, Sauternes, Bordeaux, France

Climate:

  • Autumn mists from the Ciron River create the necessary conditions from noble rot to develop on the fully ripened grapes
  • Bordeaux’s moderate maritime climate benefits from warming Atlantic currents which extend the growing season, but also bring rainfall and humidity
    • Generally, maritime climates have a low annual difference between the hottest and coldest months of the year with moderate temperatures
    • Moderate temperatures generally translate to an average growing season temperature of 16.5° – 18.5°C (62° – 65°F)

Viticulture:

  • Château Les Justices is a 8.5 hectare estate situated near the Ciron river below Preignac
  • Part of the estate is on a plot of deep gravel and silt and is planted with Sémillon and Muscadelle, and part of it on a plot of gravel and red sand on source rock where Sémillon and Sauvignon are also planted
  • These extremely valuable grapes are harvested from vines with an average age of almost 40 years
  • The harvest, according to the whims of Botrytis, is done grape-by-grape; manually by successive selection (multiple passes) such that the grapes are brought to the cellar only when affected by the right degree of noble rot

Winemaking:

  • The must is cooled on leaving the press
  • Racking and fermentation occur in stainless steel vats at low temperature
  • The wine is aged for 2 years in oak barrels before being bottled and marketed
  • Respecting centuries of traditions and following ancient knowledge, it is in this way that the Sauternes of the Château Les Justices reach literally amazing quality levels

Alcohol:   14.5%

Pairs Well With:  Cheesecake, custards, lemon tarts, Blue cheese

Reviews

Wine Spectator (90): Offers notes of grilled pineapple, peach, nectarine and orange peel that have a good racy edge, with singed almond and bitter orange flavors that keep the finish lively. Drink now through 2028

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