An Unique micro climate at Fargues in Gironde
Nature is half of the equation responsible for this wonderful Sauternes.
Thanks to the château’s great geographical location, atop a gravelly rise on the upper terrace of the commune of Fargues, bordered by a pine forest and overlooking the Garonne valley, the estate benefits from a microclimate with subtly alternating humidity, sunshine, and wind that exists only in Sauternes.
The abundant sunshine leads to over-ripeness and high sugar levels, the humidity is conducive to the development of botrytis, and the wind dries the grapes.
Thanks to the Ciron, a small tributary of the Garonne that crosses the Sauternes region, evening and morning mists cover the vineyards.
Cool autumn fogs are followed by sunny afternoons. This unusual weather pattern is complemented by the Autan, a wind blowing from the east and southeast up the Garonne valley that is especially efficient at drying the grapes.
This mysterious wind that “makes the people of Toulouse go mad” arrives at La Réole, where two plateaux converge to form a sort of funnel that directs the wind towards Fargues and dries the grapes.
This avoids their swelling with water, or the flavours due to noble rot from being diluted.
These climatic peculiarities are essential to the spread of Botrytis cinerea.