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KERMIT LYNCH WINE MERCHANT

Technical Information

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area*
Sauternes
Varies: 85% Sémillon, 12% Sauvignon Blanc & Sauvignon Gris, 3% Muscadelle Average of 50 years Gravel, Clay, Sand 7 ha
Bordeaux Sec
50% Sauvignon Blanc, 50% Sémillon Average 50 years Gravel, Clay, Sand 7 ha
IGP Atlantique Sec Botrytisé “Déclinaison”
Sémillon Average 50 years Gravel, Clay, Sand 7 ha
IGP Atlantique Moelleux “Sauvé des Eaux”
Sémillon Average 50 years Gravel, Clay, Sand 7 ha
* "ha" = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

• Grapes are farmed organically (domaine is in the 3-year conversion process)
• Harvest is done 100% by hand, in anywhere from four to seven passes through the vineyards (depends on the propagation of botrytis for each vintage)
• All fruit goes through a rigorous sorting and selection process, all by hand
• Grapes are pressed very slowly by pneumatic press (between 4-5 hours) 
• Fermentation takes place with natural yeasts, in 1-2 year-old barrels
• Wine is also aged in 350-L Bordelaise barrels for 18 months. The Alibrands have also started experimenting with Burgundian barrels, which they believe to produce finer wines
• Wines are bottled in 500-mL bottles and shipped in 12-packs


2011 Sauternes:
• 20% of wine is aged in new 350-L barrels, 20% in 350-L barrels of one passage, 60% in 225-L barrels of one, two, or three passages
• Barrels are made from Bordelaise oak
• Residual sugar: 145 g/L

2010 Sauternes:

• 20% of wine is aged in new 350-L barrels, 60% in 225-L barrels of one passage, 20% in 225-L barrels of two passages

• Barrels are made from Bordelaise oak
• Residual sugar: 148 g/L


2009 Sauternes:

• Wine is aged in 350-L barrels, half of which are made from Bordelaise oak, the other half from Burgundian oak 


2008 Sauternes:

• Yields exceptionally low due to frost, at 2.4 hl/ha, brought in over three passes
• Residual sugar: 141 g/L


2007 Sauternes:

• Yields were 10 hl/ha, brought in over seven passes
• No new oak – all wine aged in barrels of one passage
• Residual sugar: 144 g/L


Bordeaux Sec:
• Vinified in barrels that have seen at least three passages of wine
• Raised sur lie with regular stirring of the lies for a year before bottling

IGP Atlantique Sec Botrytisé “Déclinaison”:
• A dry wine made from botrytized grapes
• Grapes were not ripe enough to produce a true “Sauternes”
• Contains Sauternes-tropical aromas but fully dry on the palate
• Vinified and raised in 350-L barrels (new and one passage)

IGP Atlantique Moelleux “Sauvé des Eaux”:
• Grapes were not ripe enough to produce a true “Sauternes”
• A similar sweetness to a Vouvray Moelleux
• Vinified in barrels that have seen two or three passages of wine
• Regular stirring of the lies for a year before bottling

NV Vin de Franc “Herethique”:

The NV Vin de France “Herethique” is from a single parcel of Sauternes vines that were heavily overrun by botrytis during 2009 harvest. Yields were so low the Alibrands decided to leave the parcel to harvest last as other parcels were more urgent. When they finally had time to pick this parcel, the fruit was at 33% potential alcohol.

The wine slowly fermented for a year in barrel and ended up with 8% alcohol and 600g/L residual sugar. This amount of RS is too much for AOC Sauternes, so it had to be declassified to a Vin de France. The total production was 1 barrel—430 bottles of 500ML. Dixon Brooke describes it as "crazy, like drinking honey".

General Information

Country
France
Region
Bordeaux
Appellation(s)
Sauternes
Producer
Valérie & Daniel Alibrand
Founded
2005
Annual Production
Varies greatly vintage-to-vintage
Farming
Organic

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