CHATEAU BROUSTET, 2eme CRU CLASSÉ BARSAC
ABOUT SAUTERNES & BARSAC:
he vineyards of Barsac and Sauternes are located around 50 kilometres south-west of Bordeaux. Together, they constitute what is called the "Sauternais". Barsac and Sauternes vineyards are separated by the Ciron River. The 400 hectares of Barsac lay on the left bank of the river.The dominant grape varieties are Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle which are grown on gravel over limestone, clayey and sandy soils. The high quality of the Barsac wines mainly comes from its specific local climate.
Didier Laulan, whose family has produced wine in Barsac for generations, owns the Estate. It is located outside the village of Barsac in the so-called ‘Haut Barsac’ area. Chateau Broustet covers some 16 hectares in this part of the Garonne valley, better known as Sauternais. The location of Barsac-Sauternes gives rise to special conditions in the autumn, when the morning mists are followed by hot days; this favours the development of noble rot. This action of ‘botrytis cinerea’ produces water evaporation, which leads to a natural sugar concentration.
The soil is siliceous gravel on clay and limestone subsoil, which has high iron content. This gives Barsac wines their special character.
Extreme care is given to the picking, and it can take 5 or 6 rounds to pick all the grapes. After the vinification, which takes place in small stainless steel vats, the wine ages for two years in barrels, 30% of which are new each year.
The average age of the vine is 40 years old, planted in the following proportions:
80% Semillon; 10% Sauvignon; 10% Muscadelle
The wine develops deep aromas of acacia, honey and ground cinnamon. A severe selection, combined with a rigorous vinification provides a high quality wine, suitable for long aging
(Chateau Broustet 1995)
Excellent as an aperitif and also to accompany desserts