Château Loupiac-Gaudiet Village: Loupiac Appellation: 26ha Loupiac Grower: Marc Ducau Website: https://www.chateau-loupiacgaudiet.com/ Château Loupiac-Gaudiet dates from the 15th century and has been the property of the Sanfourche/Ducau family since 1920. In 1920, when the Ducau’s bought Chateau de Loupiac, they already owned the neighboring vineyard called “Gaudiet” and in this way created Chateau Loupiac-Gaudiet. The estate is situated in the village of Loupiac high above the Garonne river and directly across from the appellations of Barsac and Sauternes. The soils are a mixture of clay and limestone and the vines, 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc, are mostly 35 to 50 years old. The vineyard is planted on a steep hill and the Sanfourche’s alternate between plowing the rows and leaving ground cover in order to prevent erosion. Harvesting is all done by hand and it is done in stages to allow botrytis to fully affect the grapes. In an average year, the harvest takes 5 weeks with only 14 days being used for picking the grapes. The grapes are picked with a potential alc. of 17%, resulting in a finished wine of 13.5% alc. and 60 grams RS. After fermentation the wine remains “en cuve” for some months before being bottled. The château does not mature its wine in oak and is able to produces a wine that expresses the delicate flavors of botritys and the pristine balance of a wine with moderate alcohol and lively acidity.