Aged for 2 years in Oak barrels from the Allier forest of central France and vats
Château Filhot is from the wine region of Sauternes. The 62 hectares of vines of the Château Filhot are planted with 60 % Sémillon, 36 % Sauvignon and 4 % Muscadelle. The hillsides face towards the south or the south-west and consist of gravel, clay and sand on calcareous base. They are bordered by the Landes forest and are crossed by Ciron, a small local river which creates the ideal microclimate for the development of the botrytis cinerea on the grapes.
The harvest is made with successive selections according to the state of maturation of the grapes and the evolution of the noble rot (botrytis cinerea). This long selection period gives low yield, about 10 to 20 hl/ha depending on the year.
Chateau Filhot can be served with seafood dishes, especially shellfish, lobster, crab and oysters on the half shell. Foie gras is a perfect pairing with its natural sweet, salty and savoury characteristics. Chateau Filhot can also be paired with roasted chicken, veal and pork dishes that are either spicy, or prepared with a touch of sweetness.
For sweet wines serve around 10°C. Chateau Filhot is best served at 14 degrees Celsius. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The wine will naturally warm in the glass, while it develops more aromatic complexities and fleshes out.
Chateau Filhot can be enjoyed on the young side with no decanting. It is delicious and quite a treat young, even on release. However, like all great wines, Chateau Filhot is much better with age, and does not reach full maturity until it’s at least 7-9 years of age, or in some years, perhaps even longer in the best vintages.
Tasting Note: A seamless Sauternes with layers of sweet botrytis flavors ranging from dried flowers to sweet mango. Nice depth with a fairly long finish. A well-made Filhot with generous flavours that are wonderful to enjoy even in its youth.