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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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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.


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.


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