Located on a high hillock among Langoiran’s sloping vineyards, this Bordeaux charterhouse was built during the second half of the 18th century by the Tanesse family. The property is surrounded by 30 hectares of vineyard atop very old foundations. Overlooking Langoiran’s medieval 13th-century castle, a magnificent panoramic view stretches from the edge of the Sauternais to the outskirts of Bordeaux while following the meanders of the Garonne River.
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The particular microclimate of the sloping vineyards overlooking the Garonne River allows for the growing of this sweet wine. The alternation of misty mornings and sunny afternoons favours the development of “noble rot”, a fungus that allows for the concentration of sugars, aromas and flavours in grapes. Late harvests are carried out by hand in several waves or “sortings”.
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A.O.C : Cadillac
District : Langoiran
Vineyard surface area : 2 hectares
Terroir : Clayey-gravelley slopes
Grape varieties : 80% Sémillon, 20% Sauvignon
Average vine age : 25 years
Viticulture : Short pruning using the so-called “à cots” method, so as to limit yield and favour concentrated grapes. Controlled grassing-down of the vine rows or mechanical working of the soil, to improve the soils’ vitality and biodiversity. Great effort is made to encourage the homogeneous distribution and a proper aeration of the bunches. Manual disbudding and thinning out of the shoots and leaves.Sustainable farming methods are applied to the entire vineyard, which enjoys Haute Valeur Environnementale (“High Environmental Value”) certification..
Vinification : Harvesting is carried out in several waves or sortings. During each sorting, only the ripest grapes are gathered. Following destemming, a gentle and progressive pressing in pneumatic presses. Clarification and alcoholic fermentation in stainless-steel tanks at low temperature (18-20° C). Fermentation stopped before full consumption of sugars.
Ageing : In French oak barrels during 18 months.
Tasting notes :Coloured shades of golden yellow and topaz. This rich, persistent wine has notes of dried apricot, peer and enhanced with white flowers aromas. This sweet wine is a really good example of the wine-makers’ “savoir-faire” from the Cadillac appellation. Its traditional vinification and ageing in french oak barrels for 18 months confers a mellow and well-balanced woodiness to this wine.
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