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Cru d'Arche-Pugneau Sauternes 2010 375ml

The domaine consists of 13 hectares, with many small parcels spread over four different communes within the Sauternais ? Sauternes, Preignac, Bommes and Barsac ? as is frequently the case in this appellation. The majority of the parcels are within the village of Boutoc, which lies in the heart of the AOC Sauternes. Daney's holdings here are bordered by the vineyards of several of the most prestigious of the classified grands crus ? Yquem, Suduiraut, Lafaurie-Peyraguey and Rabaud-Promis. The vineyards are planted 75% to Semillon, 20% to Sauvignon and 5% to Muscadelle. The soil is sand and gravel-based, with layers of clay at varying depths. The Daney home and chai and a small parcel of the d'Arche Pugneau vineyards sit at the foot of the hill at the top of which stands Chateau d'Yquem. The grapes are harvested and vinified parcel by parcel as Daney makes numerous passes through the vineyards to select grapes depending on ripeness and the development of botrytis. It is important to note that Daney sells a significant portion of his production in bulk to n�gociants, so that all of the wine he bottles at the domaine truly represents the best of the domaine?s production. After fermentation is complete, the wines spend a minimum of two years aging in barrel, a very small percentage of which are new. After fining and filtering, the wines are bottled at the domaine.