Jean-Christophe Barbe studied at the University of Bordeaux and did his thesis on ‘pourriture noble’, or noble rot, the botrytis that makes Sauternes so special. Today, he instructs the youth of Bordeaux in winemaking while running the family property, Château Laville, in Sauternes. Delmond was the name of his grandfather who originally bought the estate and today is the second wine of Château Laville.
Jean-Christophe Barbe’s vineyards are located in the commune of Preignac. He has 13 hectares which all qualify for Sauternes status. The average age of the vines is 30 years. Château Delmond, however, is made from slightly younger vines, resulting in a fresher, lighter style, yet with the complexity and luscious feel of good Sauternes. Several passes through the vineyards at harvest to pick optimal botrytised berries. At least 80% of the blend is made from botrytis affected grapes”.
Château Delmond Sauternes is intense golden in colour with reflections of gold, intense and expressive on the nose, with fresh floral and stone fruit aromas. It has flavours of apricot, honey and peach mix with citrus peel and creamy notes on the palate. Medium to full in body with refreshing acidity to balance the lingering sweet finish, the wine is rounded, rich, fat and long, with a finish that is clean and fresh.