1983 Château Gilette Crème de Tête Sauternes, Bordeaux, France (750ml)

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Château Gilette, is unique amongst Sauternes producers in that they age their wines for many years, sometimes decades, only in concrete vats before they are bottled. Current owner and winemaker, Julie Gonet-Médeville, continues this tradition begun by her grandfather, René Médeville, more than 70 years ago. René couldn’t afford the expense of oak barrels during the 1930s, so he chose to age his wines in concrete vats. He discovered the wines matured more evenly than in wood, and developed more complex aromas and flavors than those he had formerly aged in oak. The vat permitted the wines to breathe so slowly that the winery was content to allow the wines to age there for up to 20 years before bottling. In fact, the youngest wine in this collection (1985) is just about to have its 23rd birthday!. Two cuvées are often, but not always, produced: the 'doux' or 'demi-doux'and a Crème de Tête. The luscious Crème de Tête is a kind of Auslese, produced from the most botrytized grapes and vinified separately.


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