Château Liot

Château Liot

This 25-hectare property has been in the David family for several generations and is currently run by Jean-Gérard David. Though this property usually labels its wine as Sauternes, as is its right, the vineyard is actually in Barsac, next to Climens.

The vines have an average age of 45 years old and are planted on the Haut-Barsac plateau on typical red clay over limestone soils. Autumn fogs and sunny afternoons make the climate ripe for botrytis cinerea, the 'noble' rot needed for sweet wine production in the region. The rigorous selection process during harvest time, ensuring only the grapes with the right level of rot are picked, is so strict that it can take up to a month, with workers picking the grapes one by one.

The result is a honeyed, rounded and liquourous wine that is often one of the best-value buys outside of the classed growths. It is generally a blend of 85% semillon, 8% muscadelle and 7% sauvignon blanc, which ages for 18 months in oak barrels, and can be enjoyed for between three and 12 years.

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