Château Laville

The 14 hectare Château Laville in Sauternes is Jean-Christophe Barbe's family property. Jean-Christophe...

is also a Professor of Oenology at the University of Bordeaux, where his particular area of expertise is 'noble rot' which, as a producer of Sauternes, he has had plenty of opportunity to study at first hand. A frequent recipient of awards, including several golds and most recently a DWWA Trophy, Laville Sauternes is one of our best kept secrets.

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Chateau Laville has 14 hectares of vineyard in Sauternes, in the commune of Preignac, on gravel soils underpinned with limestone. The best plots are used to make the Grand Vin of Laville. The vines are approximately 36 years old. As with Delmond, Jean-Christophe passes through the vineyard five times to ensure that only the most botrytis-ravaged, or nobly rotten, grapes are selected.

Vintage Information

2008 was a great vintage despite yields being down. This was due to a spring frost which hit the area, although the estate escaped some of the more extensive damage experienced by others. It is notable as the latest vintage of the decade and the wines are characterised by a remarkable freshness both on the nose and the palate. It is also the year that the historic vineyards of Laville have been vinified under their name following years of being contracted out to other producers.


The grapes were pressed using pneumatic and vertical hydraulic presses. Fermentation took place at 20-22°C, in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The wine was subsequently aged in new, 400 litre casks for 30 months.

Tasting Notes

A golden wine with intense, fresh aromas of candied fruits, honey and spice. Unctuous yet delicate on the palate, this wine displays great richness and balance. The long finish is distinguished by its vibrant citrus character.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2008
Grape varieties 85% Semillon
12% Sauvignon Blanc
3% Muscadelle
Region Sauternes, Bordeaux
Winemaker Jean-Christophe Barbe
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 6g/l
Residual Sugar 140g/l