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Château Gilette: Meet the Sauternes aged 20 years before bottling

Château Gilette is happy to do things differently and tasting this Bordeaux rarity definitely lives up to the myth, says Jane Anson.

It’s hard to think of a more unusual wine in Bordeaux than Château Gilette.

I can say without hesitation that I have never used the phrase unicorn wine in my life.

But what else do you call a Sauternes that is aged exclusively in concrete vats for 20 years before release – never seeing any oak or oxygen – and which has a production of 4,000 to 5,000 bottles per year, if it is made at all?

Tasting notes for Château Gilette wines

 


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