If the man cultivates the vine in the four corners of the globe, it’s a phenomenon unique to the world that he cannot domesticate: the development on the grapes of the Botrytis Cinerea mushroom responsible for the Noble rot of the sweet wines of Sauternes.
In order for this fungus mushroom to develop harmoniously on ripe grapes, it needs an alternation of wet autumn mornings and sunny afternoons. In Sauternes, the conditions of development of Botrytis Cinerea are assured by the Ciron, a nonchalant tributary of the Garonne which envelops, at the approach of the harvest, the vineyard of morning mists.
As a result, Château Grillon is ideally located on the limestone plateau of Barsac at its northern end: this elevation and the texture of the soil ensure natural drainage ideal for the ripening of the grapes.
In addition, it’s to the North of the plateau that circulates the Ciron, less than 200 meters from the first plots of the properties.
In Grillon, the Noble Rot has found its promised land!
The specificity of Sauternes wines lies in the development of Botrytis Cinerea. Microcracks that this fungus causes through the wall of mature grapes allow them to concentrate by evaporation. The fruits resulting from this transformation give the sweet wines aromas of quince paste, menthol and candied orange
Clay and limestone
Sauvignon, Sémillon and Muscadelle
Organic viticulture, biodynamics conversion
Fermentation in French new oaks and cement vat
French oak barrels and cement vat