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Loupiac, Cuvée d'Or, Château Dauphiné-Rondillon - 2002

  • Provenance: Bordeaux
  • Appellation: Loupiac
  • Domain: Dauphiné-Rondillon
  • Grape variety(ies): 70% sémillon, 25% sauvignon blanc, 5% muscadelle
  • On-call time: 30 years
  • Alcohol degree: 13.5%
In 2002, a miraculous month of September saved a vintage where everything was against it until the eve of the harvest. But today the 2002 Loupiacs are comparable to the 1995 and 1996: they are proving to be extra. Compared to the Classique vintage described above, this is a vintage that has been ennobled by time, with an orange tint tending to bronze and mocha highlights on the disk, like a great old liqueur. The first nose is fascinating, it smells of tangerine, kumquat, candied fruit and dried apricot. Other nuances of great old brandy appear, linked to the concentration and age of the wine. It enters the palate broad and opulent, with a flavour that combines all the expected aromas. It is an unctuous wine, with a very smooth texture, indicating high concentration and a very good quality botrytis. It is at the beginning of its plateau of maturity and will remain so for a long time. It is masterful and compares to the greatest Sauternes 2002!
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Viticulture

The soil consists of a large gravelly hillock on the surface, followed by a clayey-gravelly soil, before reaching the limestone bedrock at greater depth. The wine is made from a selection of hundred-year-old vines. The grapes are harvested by successive selections (up to 5) by hand in order to select only the bunches affected by Botrytis cinerea.

Oenology

The juice is then racked after settling into French oak barrels where the alcoholic fermentation continues until natural stop. The wine is then racked and mutated. At the end of the vinification process, it is reentered into French oak barrels for 12 months of maturation. It is then bottled to a high specification and aged in the cellars for a minimum of 1 year before release.

Suggestions for accompaniment

To be drunk on its own, with blue cheese (Roquefort, Stilton), or with an orange and chocolate tart.

Domain
Château Dauphiné-Rondillon was created in 1798 by Mr Alfred Debat. From the beginning, he decided to devote himself exclusively to the production of great sweet white wines. His descendant, Basile Debat, won a gold medal for a Loupiac 1900 at the Concours Général Agricole in 1901. Encouraged by this recognition of quality, Jean Darriet decided in 1920 to bottle his wine. The Château's label, created that year, has remained unchanged ever since. Overlooking the Garonne River, the Château is situated on the most beautiful terroirs of Loupiac and rises to 103 metres. From the property, it is easy to see some of the Grands Crus of Sauternes: Rayne-Vigneau, Yquem, Rieussec, Lafaurie-Peyraguey. This exceptional terroir is made up of a large gravelly ridge on the surface, followed by a clay-gravel soil, before reaching the limestone bedrock. The combination of this terroir, a south/south-west exposure, and a privileged geographical location offer exceptional conditions for the production of great sweet white wines. The work in the vineyard is carried out in a traditional manner and with respect for the environment: all the tasks in the vineyard are done manually (pruning, thinning out, harvesting). Organic amendments are controlled, treatments are carried out with natural contact products such as sulphur flower. The vegetative cycle and natural control are favoured with grassing in...
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