The Gilet family have owned this property, on the right bank of the Gironde, for five generations. Loupiac faces the more famous Barsac across the river, and enjoys a similar climate. This makes it ideal for the formation of Botrytis, Noble Rot, which concentrates the grapes and adds complexity. This fungus is responsible for some of the world’s greatest sweet wines.
The Château Grand Peyruchet 2016 is made from 90% Sémillon & 10% Sauvignon, harvested in four separate tries, or passes through the vineyard. This is to ensure that bunches are picked at the optimum level of botrytis. After fermentation the wine spent six months in a mixture of 40% Oak, 20% acacia, and 40% in concrete vat. The result is a wonderfully perfumed dessert wine, with notes of apricot, peach and orange as well as honey. With 110g per liter residual sugar, and fresh acidity, the palate is well balanced, not at all cloying, rather fresh and lively. This would be great with Apple Pie or other fruit desserts.
‘Grand Peyruchet, created from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes, is a dreamboat from start to finish with waxy lemons, crème anglaise, honeysuckle, apricots and patisserie tones cavorting in the glass’
Matthew Jukes, Money Week September 2021