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Chateau Les Justices (375ml)

Sauternes,
 2016

$31.99 $29.99/bottle

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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: 14.01%

Winemaker's Notes

Chateau Les Justices 2016 reflects the nobility of the fruity souls of the Preignac terroir combined with the magic of botrytis, always supported by a beautiful acidity

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:  85% Semillon, 10% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Muscadelle

Region: Preignac, Sauternes, Bordeaux, France

Climate/Vintage:

  • 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 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 pressing is carried out in an inflatable press and will last 6 hours
  • The must is cooled on leaving the press
  • The musts are then fermented in stainless steel vats at 17°C, and the fermentation will last 1 to 3 months
  • The wine is then aged in vats for 12 months before bottling
  • The absence of barrels during the breeding or fermentation of Château Les Justices is explained by our proven desire to avoid any aromatization by wood, to keep the freshness, and above all the nobility of the fruity souls of the Preignac terroir combined with the magic of botrytis

Alcohol: 14.01%

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

Reviews

Wine Spectator (89): Forward in feel, with a bold mix of ginger, creamed peach and mango flavors, laced with orange zest and spice notes. Drink now through 2028

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