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This magnificent estate lies just to the south of the village of Sauternes and extends to some 350 hectares, 62 of which are vineyards lying with a mainly south-west exposure.
Founded in 1709 by Romain de Filhot the property is today run by one of his descendants, Count Henri de Vaucelles.
The 2011 Filhot is 60% Semillon, 36% Sauvignon Blanc & 4% Muscadelle.
The grapes were hand harvested by skilled pickers making several sweeps through the vineyards. Fermentation was in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats and lasted for between 10 – 30 days depending on the variety. After a gentle filtration and blending the wine spent 2 years in oak, a third of which was new.
A rich golden colour, the nose has hints of apricot, zesty spice and fresh acidity (from the Sauvignon Blanc), together with botrytis honey notes. The palate is round and full with layered rich fruit supported by a taut, acidic backbone.