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Published on Dec 6, 2011
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Survey on the mysterious process of wine making sweet wines. In the evolution of the maturity of grapes, raisining grapes come before Botrytis wines, which themselves are harvested before becoming ice wine... You follow? In Sauternes, efforts to achieve perfect command over the outcome of Botrytis fungus or Noble Rot, depend upon an extremely delicate process facilitated by the intricate play of humidity and wind. Furthermore, when one adds the requirement of organic farming, we're reaching perfection! Meet Xavier Planty who has succeeded in raising his Château Guiraud into the ranks among the best white wines of the world.
Topics covered in this episode:
- The mastery of Botrytis - Château Guiraud: organic farming - Difference between Eiswein (Ice Wine) and Sauternes - A strange hotel for insects to protect the vine - Baby Vine: grafting and rootstock - Taste of Sauternes: 2005 Guiraud, best white wine of the world according to Wine Spectator. - Sauternes wine is not just a dessert wine! Foie gras, game, Roquefort, anything goes! .... Even the oysters.