Bunches of ripe grapes. Nobel rot. Chateau Liot, Barsac, Sauternes, Bordeaux, France

Château Liot, Sauternes, Bordeaux, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.

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Chateau Liot is in the appellation of Sauternes in Bordeaux. It produces luscious sweet white wine from grapes that have been affected by noble rot, the famed botrytis cinerea, which affects the grapes in the vineyard. When this rot comes late in the season, just before harvest, it is beneficial and causes the grapes to shrivel on the vine and become more concentrated. It can also attack the vines at other times and then it can cause great damage as ‘grey rot’.

Chateau Liot is a 20 hectare property with most of the vineyards lying on the mostly flat land around with winery and chateau. It is located in the commune of Barsac, on the plateau of Haut-Barsac, whose wines are often sold under the Sauternes appellation. The vineyard is planted with 85% sémillon grapes, 10% sauvignon blanc and 5% muscadelle. Winemaking is traditional, with the fermentation taking place in various style vats, mostly stainless steel. The wine is aged in oak barrels (barriques) for up to 18 months. Part of the casks are new but most have seen one or more wines. The grapes are harvested when over-ripe and when they have been affected by the noble rot.

The chateau belongs to the David family, and is managed by Jerry David. The family also produces a red and white Graves wine (not sweet, but dry) at another property, the Chateau Saint Jean des Graves.

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Bordeaux Sauternes Chateau Liot stock photo samples – Images by Per Karlsson

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