Ch Gilette Sauternes 1950
Prior to World War 2, this chateau made wine like every other property in the region. When the war was over, Rene Medeville found they still had wine in their tanks that was left over from the 1930’s. Rene Medeville liked the results so much, he was inspired to continue allowing the wine to age for extended periods in cement vats.
The 4.5 hectare Sauternes vineyard of Chateau Gilette is planted to 90% Semillon, 8% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle. The vineyard is well-placed in the commune of Preignac. The walled in vineyard has a terroir of gravel, sand, rock, limestone and clay based soils.
To produce the wine of Chateau Gilette, the wine is fermented and stored in small, cement tanks that range in size from 20 hectoliters up to 40 hectoliters.
The wines of Chateau Gilette are released on average, between 20 and 25 years after the vintage! The wine remains in tank for close for almost 20 years before it’s even bottled! At that point, Chateau Gilette ages the bottled Sauternes wine for an additional 3-5 years! $335.00 bottle. One bottle left.