LOCATION: This estate of 215 acres
is located in the village of Preignac, nearby the river Garonne.
CLASSIFICATION: Premier Cru Sauternes
GRAPE VARIETY: 90% Semillon 10% Sauvignon
VINIFICATION AND AGING: Fermentation
by temperature control in casks. Aged 18 to 24 months in casks (30 to
40% new for each vintage).
HISTORY: This Château was built in
the 17th century after the earlier fortress was destroyed by the Governor
of Aquitaine under the reign of King Louis XIII. Its label adorns the
legend “Ancien Cru Du Roy” which relates to both the Duroy owners and
the subsidies given by King Louis XIV in recognition for the quality of
its wines. The estate was purchased in 1940 by a businessman, Mr. Fonquernie,
who then passed it into the hands of his five daughters, until the French
group AXA-Millésimes bought it in the late 80s. This Château is now managed
by the well-known Jean-Michel Cazes.
STYLE: Typically displays
brilliant golden color, and mouthful of fruit and complex aromas.