Château de Cérons AOC
Unpredictable and unprecedented weather! An exceptionally short, mild and rainy winter. The heat suddenly set in at the end of May and brought us into the summer period. The summer was hot and dry. Stormy rains at the beginning of August allowed the grapes to ripen in ideal conditions, with alternating hot, sunny days and cool nights. The weather became capricious at the end of September, hastening the harvest of the botrytised grapes. Yields were low, but these 2019s were surprisingly concentrated.
2018 : vintage was a real test of patience. The first 6 months of the year were dominated by incessant rainfall and mild temperatures. The weather then changed radically on the 15th of July, marking the start of a hot summer with periods of drought. The harvest period stretched from late August to late October, with the grapes reaching excellent levels of maturity. This exceptionally long and rain-free harvest period allowed us to fine-tune our picking operations. In the cellar the juices proved to be very consistent, with a beautiful colour. This was an unusual year with extreme conditions, but in the end, it turned out to be an excellent vintage.
Bright yellow with green hue. Elegant nose with restrained fruit, apricots, peaches and lemon zest, candied orange peel in the background, as well as hints of vanilla. On the palate well structured, wonderful tension, very good length.
2016 : will remain in our memories for the exceptional conditions that gave birth to it: floods in winter, drought in summer, beautiful late season.
These extreme and unprecedented conditions have made us lose our bearings, something never seen before in the memory of a winegrower. The harvest is carried out in the greatest serenity, the botrytised grapes are magnificent.
Sweet and flavorful with botrytis spice and mushroom powder. Medium body. Flavorful finish. Shows potential.
Lots of throb and interest here. Lighter and more fragile than any typical Sauternes. Medium sweet rather than really intense. But full marks for effort and history.
Robe paille dorée. Le vin est souple et charmant, joli milieu de bouche moelleux, finale de foin coupé. 0-10 ans
2015 : Unseen before, a vintage saved by the rain! The heavy winter rains created sufficient reserves to prevent the vines from suffering too much during a very hot summer.
In September, regular rainfall alternated harmoniously with beautiful sunshine. The ideal harvest dates were not difficult to choose! The botrytisation of the Sémillon and Muscadelle grapes took place step by step, producing grapes with a beautiful aromatic intensity.
Fruit très agréable, demi- liqueur, beaucoup de charme et de naturel, vin parfait à l’apéritif.
Ananas, poire, beau fruit. Épices blanches. Bouche ronde, beau rôti, rond, souple et très fruité. Un Cérons sur le fruit.
Intense yellow colour with almost golden hue. Initially quite closed is the nose opening up quite well, displaying an elegant character with fine botrytis-spiciness and expressive fruit. Tangerine, orange marmalade, candied lemon-peel and hints of dried.
2014 : The harvest was early and lasted 9 weeks. They enable to capture all the complexity of a vintage with the flowering and veraison spread over time. A vintage marked by a great acidity and a rare and precious freshness.
Fruits exotiques, orange, citronelle ; bouche équilibrée, finale appétente.
2011 : September was marvellous, with temperatures approaching heatwave levels on some days, resulting in grapes of exceptional quality. The noble rot and dry weather combined to yield magnificent concentrations of botrytis. The fruit is punchy yet well-balanced with a remarkable concentration of aromas. A great vintage of undeniable quality.
2010 : The early and hot spring followed by a summer marked by coolness, caused a spreading out of the flowering and a very uneven ripening of the grapes.
Fine weather conditions during the months of September and October allowed remarkable Botrytis development.
A record number of selections during the harvest marked the wines of great complexity.
The 2010 vintage is a wine with a zesty nose on citrus peels. Iced and fresh mouth with lemon sorbet flavours
Bright gold. Floral nose of lightly concentrated honey over ripe yellow summer fruits, lovely lemonyhoneyed flavors on the palate, richness and sweetness evident with acidity to lift the finish and natural energy to give a beautifully vibrant expression of a classic Bordeaux sweet white.
2009 : The warm, early spring was followed by a cool summer. This meant that flowering was spread out and ripening uneven. Very fine weather conditions in September and October led to the superb development of botrytis. A record number of passes in the vineyard accounts for wines of great complexity.
2008 : The marine limestone subsoil of Cérons gives this wine a nice acidity that perfectly balances concentration. The wine is tense, ethereal, with fine and elegant aromas of acacia, honey and passion fruit. Good concentration and lots of energy.
A sweet wine lighter in sugar than its neighbours Sauternes and Barsac, but as much heady. As fluid and elusive as a silhouette purchased in dream, a caress to the palate, reluctantly fleeing.
2007 : The warm, early spring was followed by a cool summer. This meant that flowering was protracted and ripening uneven. Very fine weather conditions in September and October led to the superb development of botrytis. A record number of passes in the vineyard accounts for wines of great complexity.
This is the vintage currently on the market, as the Perromat sage their sweet wines for between three and five years after harvest. But even with this longer ageing, the minerality shines through, and if you are used to drinking Sauternes, expect a more ethereal, lightweight take on botrytis rich Semillon here. For my money, there’s a touch of Tokaj going on, with burnt orange and saffron that personifies the idea of « noble bitterness », but with a subtle lemon and lime tang on the finish that lightens things up.
Notes of fruit like pineapple or mango, a hint of candied orange with spices. The wine is intense and complex, and can still be kept many years in a cellar.
2007 was the star, combining the best of both 2008 and 2011, i twill be perfect to its 20th birthday.
2006 : After a cold winter and a heatwave in July, the month of August was very cold and September was wet, which complicated matters somewhat. It took considerable knowledge of the vineyard and careful picking plot by plot in order to harvest the botrytised grapes between showers. Five passes in the vineyards account for this wines beautifully concentrated flavours and aromas.