DOMAINE DE L'ALLIANCE Sauternes 2010 HALF LITRE/nc
Dessert Wine | France | Bordeaux | Barsac and Sauternes | 50cl
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Closure Type: Cork
Sub-Region: Barsac and Sauternes
Wine Style: Sweet
In Sauternes, Valérie and Daniel Alibrand are braving it on their own without the safety net enjoyed by their more established neighbours. The Alibrands are relatively new to wine, having started Domaine de l’Alliance in 2005, upon the purchase of the vines from Valérie’s side of the family. Although Daniel had been an Atlantic fisherman by trade, the two jumped at the opportunity to start their new vocation in Valérie’s hometown. Such a leap of faith has not been without its struggles, however the Alibrands have been attracting quite a bit of attention for such newcomers. They farm seven hectares of vineyards in the village of Fargues, known for the eponymous and prestigious wine château to which their land runs adjacent. They are fortunate to have old vines, which impart fabulous complexity to the wine, although it means lower yields than are the norm for Sauternes. They started farming in lutte raisonnée but have recently begun the three-year conversion process to have their vineyards certified as organic.