Last week, the team at F+R were fortunate enough to taste through a vertical of Château Gilette from 1979 to 1997. We even had the luck to taste the wines alongside Gerhard Kracher, one of the world’s finest sweet wine producers. All of us were amazed by the condition and quality of the wines - Gerhard included.
Château Gilette has been ageing their Sauternes in this way ever since the 1937 vintage; a result of delayed bottling due to the Second World War. On discovering the wine improved dramatically with extensive élevage, the Château has never looked back. The estate believes the long élevage in concrete tanks matures the wines much more evenly than in oak, slowly developing more complex flavours and aromas, until the wine reaches its peak between 20-25 years of ageing.
In addition to this, the strict selection process aimed at producing wines of only the highest quality has seen the Château declassify more vintages than any other in Sauternes producing just 13 vintages in the 30 year period between 1979 and 1999.
Such dedication to producing something extraordinary has unsurprisingly resulted in a loyal following for the wine which is highly praised amongst the leading sommeliers and wine critics of the world.
Despite it regularly outscoring the other more renowned producers in the region, it remains remarkable value for a wine that sits at the very top of sweet wine production - particularly at this level of maturity. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to source a special Collection Case of six vintages coming direct from the Château.
*Available to private clients only. Geographical sales restrictions apply for this product.
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WHAT ARE 'IMMEDIATE' WINES?
These are immediately available wines are held in our temperature-controlled cellars at London City Bond. These listings are predominantly comprised from private collectors who sell through our marketplace. All immediately available stock is ready for delivery once payment has been settled. We offer next day delivery to all London addresses, so long as payment has been settled by midday. For other UK addresses delivery is typically within one week. Please email our Customer Services Team, who will provide an accurate date and time for delivery.
All of the wines have been rigorously checked by our warehouse staff and condition reports, including photographs, are available on request.
Please note, if your order contains 'immediate' and 'marketplace' wines, these will be delivered together.
WHAT ARE 'MARKETPLACE' WINES?
The majority of the wines we list are sourced from the market. This includes direct from growers, exclusive distributors and agents and European Trade stockholders.
The typical lead time for consolidation, shipping and arrival into our cellars from confirmed order is approximately 6 to 8 weeks.