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Chateau Haut Bommes Sauternes 2010 France

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Chateau Haut Bommes Sauternes 2010 France. A beautiful golden color, it develops a complex and generous bouquet marked by notes of candied fruit, spice, white flowers and vanilla. The palate is full of fresh fruit, the sweetness is well-balanced by the acidity that carries through the long finish. At least a couple of years of cellaring is recommended upon the wine’s release and it will age beautifully over a couple of decades, if you can resist the temptation of drinking it when young.

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Chateau Haut Bommes Sauternes 2010

Chateau Haut Bommes Sauternes 2010 France. A beautiful golden color, it develops a complex and generous bouquet marked by notes of candied fruit, spice, white flowers and vanilla. The palate is full of fresh fruit, the sweetness is well-balanced by the acidity that carries through the long finish. At least a couple of years of cellaring is recommended upon the wine’s release and it will age beautifully over a couple of decades, if you can resist the temptation of drinking it when young.

The blend is 95% Semillon and 5% Sauvignon Blanc. The Chateau’s single vineyard of 5 ha receive the same care and attention in the vineyard as well as for the winemaking as the 1st Growth Clos Haut Peyraguey who is the same owner. Depending on the vintage up to 5 tries are required to pick the botrytised grapes, which produce on average a low yield of 18 hl/ha from the 40 year old vines. After picking, the grapes are slowly pressed and the juice from each parcel is fermented separately in french oak barrels (50% new) for 2 to 3 weeks at 20-22°C. The wine’s residual sugar after the fermentations averages 98g/l depending on the vintage. The wine is barrel aged for 22 months with 50% of new barrels and 50% one year old barrels.

Château Haut Bommes is located 40 kilometres to the southeast of Bordeaux in the commune of Bommes situated within the Sauternes appellation. The estate has a long history, it remained in the same family for over 160 years. It started in 1850 when Eugène Garbay purchased the estate. later it shared a common history with that of Clos Haut Peyraguey a 1er Cru Classé of Sauternes. In 1914, Eugène Garbay along with Fernand Ginestet purchased Clos Haut Peyraguey, but a few years later Mr. Ginestet sold his shares to the Garbay family. Then in 1926, Eugène Garbay passed on the two Châteaux to his two grand-sons, Bernard and Pierre Pauly which looked after the two estates for many years. In 1969, Jacques Pauly the son of Bernard took over the running of the two Châteaux with his wife until their retirement in 2002.

In 2002, both estates were passed on to Martine Langlais-Pauly the daughter of Jacques, she took over the management of the estates after a career of 25 years in psychiatry. She was happy to returned to her roots at Clos Haut Peyraguey where she grew up watching her grand-father Bernard and great-uncle Pierre tend the vines and work in the cellars with her father. When her father Jacques Pauly aged 75 wanted to retire, having worked ceaselessly and passionately for 50 years, she did not hesitate to accept the challenge after 4 generations of male management of the Garby-Pauly estates. She managed Château Haut Bommes with the same care in the vineyard and cellar as for Clos Haut Peyraguey, she always treated it as a separate entity.

In 2012 a new chapter in the history of the two Châteaux commenced, both estates were sold to Bernard Magrez owner of numerous châteaux in Bordeaux including the famous Château Pape Clément a Cru Classé of Pessac Léognan. Today Bernard Magrez is the only person in Bordeaux to own 4 Grands Crus Classés (Growth wines) in the appellations of Haut Médoc, Saint Emilion, Pessac Léognan and Sauternes.

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Brands

Chateau Haut

Country

France

Price

$20 – $50

Varietal

Dessert Wine

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