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Jean Christophe Barbe `Château Delmond` Sauternes

Graves & Sauternes, Bordeaux

Chateau Delmond

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. Château Delmond is the second wine of Château Laville.

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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. Chateau Delmond, however, is made from slightly younger vines, resulting in a fresher, lighter style, yet with the complexity and luscious feel of good Sauternes. Soils are mainly gravel and calcareous gravel.

Vintage information

The 2010 vintage saw aggressive and extreme conditions. Very high early winter rainfall allowed for a reserve of dampness to build up in the soil. Late spring water replenishment in June rather than April and ‘yo-yo‘ June conditions delayed flowering. A parched dry summer led to strong tannins developing in the grapes. A product of drought, the grapes experienced an irregular sugar build-up in summer and a sudden re-concentration at the finish.


The grapes were harvested in separate ‘passes’ through the vineyard and pressed in the pneumatic and vertical hydraulic press. The alcoholic fermentation took place at a temperature of 20-22°C. The wine was aged in tank for 18 months prior to bottling and because it was so clean, he bottled with a relatively low level of free SO2 (40 mg/litre).

Tasting Notes

Pale gold in colour with fresh floral and stone fruit aromas on the nose. Apricot, honey and peach mix with citrus peel and creamy flavours on the palate. Medium to full in body with refreshing acidity to balance the lingering sweet finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2010
Grape varieties 90% Semillon
10% Sauvignon Blanc
Region Graves & Sauternes, Bordeaux
Winemaker Jean-Christophe Barbe
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 5.1g/l
Residual Sugar 129g/l
Wine pH 3.7