This premier grand cru Sauternes estate is to be found in the commune of Bommes, close to Château d'Yquem, and has been under the ownership of Bernard Magrez (of Châteaux Pape-Clément, Fombrauge and La Tour Carnet fame) since 2012.
Situated on the top of the plateau at between 50 and 80 metres above sea level, the vineyards are planted with 95% semillon and 5% sauvignon blanc on gravel mixed with sand and clay. The first wine, of which only 2,000 cases or so are made annually, is fermented in oak and then aged in oak barrels, 50% of which are new, for 18 months in cellars which were extensively renovated at the end of the 1990s and which are climate and humidity controlled.
The wines are traditionally one of the richer styles of Sauternes with high residual sugar. The involvement and investment of Bernard Magrez may or may not prompt a change in the style of wine made, but will undoubtedly see the estate's star rise even further.