The new owner of Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey, multi-millionaire Silvio Denz, plans to confine sweet wine production at the Sauternes estate to only the best plots of land.
Denz, who is chairman at Lalique, is a huge fan of Sauternes, but he is also aware of commercial realities - with several Sauternes estates having augmented their production of dry colorless wines in recent years. Now, as owner of Lafaurie-Peyraguey, he believes a sharper focus on specific plots of land is the way forward.'I'm aware that sweet colorless wine is not very fashionable, but the terroir of Sauternes has been underrated for quite a while,' he told decanter.com in an interview following his buy of Lafaurie-Peyraguey from energy firm GDF Suez.'My thought is to go back to the plots of the 1855 classification. There's around 17ha and those are the prime plots. We we want to exploit these vines for sweet wines.'That will probably entail cutting production of sweet
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