|Tasting Notes on a half bottle
Chateau Filhot is an old and large estate. When Henri de Vaucelles took control of the estate in 1974 he began the process of replanting the vineyards and renovating the winery. It is during this transition that this half-bottle from 1983 was produced. At the time the wines were both fermented and aged in fiberglass vats. It was not until 1995 that the fiberglass fermentation vats were removed and replaced with stainless steel. The fruit was then fermented in stainless steel followed by aging in wood. This was an interesting Sauternes to taste. The texture of the wine is young but the flavors are very mature, having become primarily that of spiced apple cider. Drunk alone it was not compelling enough to finish the half-bottle in one night. I would rather have this with a little bit of food, perhaps a tart, to best complement the wine. I find the flavors on the down-slope of maturity but I imagine properly cellared bottles will last for many years to come. I also suspect that many of my Sauternes age estimates are off by one or two decades! Please read Chris Kissack’s producer profile for further background information and tasting notes on recent vintages. This half-bottle was purchased at MacArthur Beverages where it was cellared since release.
This is a 75cl bottle & as such should mature more slowly & should be better
One only from a private Collection.
Colour: White 60% Semillon 36% Sauvignon 4% Muscatelle
about the estate
The 62 hectares of vines of the château Filhot are planted with 60 % of Sémillon, 36 % of Sauvignon and 4 % of Muscadelle. The hillsides face towards the south or the south-west and consist of gravels, clay and sand on calcareous base. They are bordered by the Landes forest and are crossed by Ciron (small local river) which creates the ideal microclimate for the development of the botrytis cinerea on the grapes.
The harvest is made with successive selections according to the state of maturation of the grapes and the evolution of the noble rot (botrytis cinerea). This long work of selection gives low yield, about 10 to 20 hl/ha depending on the year.