Sichel Sauternes

Sémillon and Sauvignon combine harmoniously to offer a highly expressive wine.

Bottle Size: 375 mL

UPC Number: 088156021728

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  • Vintage 2012
  • Producer
  • Country France
  • Region Sauternes
  • Alcohol 13%
  • Composition:
    5% Muscadelle, 10% Sauvignon, 85% Sémillon
  • Winemaker Notes Ever since it set up an acquisitions office in Bordeaux in 1883, Maison Sichel has remained a family business first and foremost. Since that time, six generations of the Sichel family have succeeded one another at the company’s helm.It was Peter A. Sichel who breathed new life into Maison Sichel by moving the business to Gironde's capital city in 1961, enabling it to flourish and gain the international reputation which it enjoys today. Today, Allan, Charles, James, Benjamin and David continue the task of their ancestors, each in his own special field. They have undertaken the task of developing the company while remaining faithful to their father’s philosophy, with respect for quality and the authenticity of the different terroirs. Drink very chilled, with a seasonal fruit salad or blue cheese, for example.
  • Tasting Notes A highly expressive bouquet of citrus notes and jammy fruit with a hint of honey. Over an ample, richly extracted base, the palate displays a many-layered, persistent aromatic array of jammy orange and dried fig notes.

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  • Vineyard In general, the top soil is made up of gravelly mounds and slopes and sandy gravel in the flatter areas. The sub soil is largely clay with occasional layers of alios (ironpan) of varying depths. Added to this, yields in Sauternes are very low (less than 25hl/ha) to get the maximum concentration in sugar. Last but not least, is the famous ‘noble rot' that is encouraged in healthy grapes by the microclimate in Sauternes. Otherwise known as Botrytis Cinerea, the rot develops in September and October, thanks to the morning mists that form along the valley of the Ciron river and the warm, sunny autumn afternoons that follow.
  • Vinification Harvesting is by hand and is done several times. Each time the pickers go through the vines, they take only the over-ripe or rotted grapes to get the maximum sugar and Botrytis character. Once at the vat house, the grapes are pressed and fermented in stainless steel vats, in which the temperature is not allowed to exceed 22C. Once the level of residual sugar has reached 70 to 80g/l, fermentation is stopped by the addition of SO2 and by lowering the temperature. The wines are then aged in vat for 10 to 12 months.
  • Viticulture Situated some 40 kilometers south east of Bordeaux, between the Garonne river and the Landes forest to the south, the Sauternes vineyard produces what many wine experts and wine lovers believe to be, quite simply, the best sweet white wine in the world.

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