It opens with intense aromas of fresh citrus notes and hints of candied fruits.
Rich and layered on the palate, it is expressive with orange blossom, dried figs and sweet spices. The finish is remarkably fresh and long.
Chateau Laville has 14 hectares of vineyard in Sauternes which sit on gravel soils underpinned with limestone. The best plots are used to make the Grand Vin of Laville. The vines are approximately 35 years old.
Bordeaux had a wet spring, which proved to be helpful given the drought that was to follow. Successful flowering in early June was followed by almost 12 weeks of hot summer weather.
Jean-Christophe passes through the vineyard five times during harvest to ensure that only the most botrytis-affected, or nobly rotten, grapes are selected.
The grapes were pressed using pneumatic and vertical hydraulic presses. Fermentation took place at 20-22°C, in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks.
The wine was subsequently aged in new 400 litre French oak casks for 30 months.
A bright, golden wine.