Second Round of Sorting at Chateau d’Arche
The wind has arrived in Sauternes! At Chateau d’Arche (2nd classified growth), they start the second sorting. Grapes are scattered in the vineyards and can be rare because 50% of the vineyard was hailed in April. Two teams of fifty people get to work. This group is quite unique because you can meet young Polish students and Portuguese pickers. The atmosphere is great, and different languages are heard here.
Jerome Cosson, the manager of the estate is happy. He comments, “First harvested juices have a nice acidity, are very consistent, clear with a crisp taste.” The vines have suffered from water stress. But the climatic conditions in the middle of harvest are very favorable. For example, Chateau d’Arche overlooks the village of Sauternes and still enjoys the wind. “The wind rushes through the valley of the Garonne and hurts the hill of Loupiac to come to Sauternes,” says Jerome.
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