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Chateau Filhot

The winery is located in the municipality Sauterne in the same area in Graves (Bordeaux). The origin is in 1709, when the property was bought by Romain de Filhot (1641-1710). His descendant Gabriel Barthélémy Romain de Filhot was President of the Parliament of Bordeaux and expanded the property in 1788 by buying the Château Coutet, This year, the later US President Thomas rated Jefferson (1743-1826) the Château Filhot as the best Sauternes estate after the Château d'Yquem, However, the owner lost his head during the French Revolution in 1794. His daughter Joséphine Geneviève Filhot married the Marquis de Lur-Saluces in 1807, Antoine Marie Henry Amédée (owner family of the Château d'Yquem). The magnificent château was built in the aegis of the son Romain-Bertrand de Lur-Saluces (1810-1876). The estate was called "Château Sauternes" for a few years, but got its old name again in 1901. In the Bordeaux Classification In 1855 the estate was classified as a "Deuxième Cru Classé".

The property then remained the property of the Lur-Saluces family until 1935. This year it was purchased by the Comtesse de Durieu Lacarelle (sister of the Marquis de Lur-Saluces) and later modernized by her son Louis de Durieu Lacarelle in the 1970s. Finally, it was bought in 1976 by the Comte Henri de Vaucelles, who gave up red wine production. Today he is supported in the leadership by son Gabriel de Vaucelles. The total property is 350 hectares, of which “only” 62 hectares are planted with vines. These are the white varieties Sémillon (60%), Sauvignon Blanc (36%) and Muscadelle (4%). For a long time, the wine was almost exclusively grown in glass fiber tanks and only occasionally with little wood. Then there was a change in philosophy, the noble sweet wine has been slowly fermented in steel tanks for a few years and aged for 24 to 36 months in one-third new barriques. A dry aged wine is produced under the name "Chateau du Pineau Rey Sec".

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