100% Sémillon. 50 acres plot, a 15 year-old grape grafted in 2006 with massal selections of Sémillon from the Meditrranean region using the cleft grafting method.
Vine in cord of Royat.
Work on the perfect ripeness of the grape. Hand-picked grapes at dawn then transported in crates. Carried to the cellar in refrigerated trucks. Long pneumatic pressing (5 hours), whole grapes. Cold debourbage. Put in new 500 litres demi-muids. Long fermentation (6 weeks) with natural yeasts. Aged in the same containers with monthly stirring. Matured on lees for 12 months. Malolactic fermentation. Rested in tanks for 6 months, then light filtration before being bottled. Minimal SO2. Aged in bottles for a minimum of 24 months at the Domain.
Liquid gold colour, complex nose, surprising notes of beeswax, saffron, homemade apricot jam and Bourbon vanilla. Ample and powerful mouth with obvious tannins and a neverending finish with a touch of well-controlled oxidation. After airing for one hour, its bouquet turns into rose and peony. Surprisingly fresh despite the richness and strength of a white wine “à l’ancienne”.