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Live Virtual Auction, 11 July 2021

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Session 1
  • de Fesles; Bonnezeaux; 1997; 3 (1 x 3); 500ml


Lot Estimate
ZAR 3 000 - 4 000

About this Item

1997 Bonnezeaux
3 (1 x 3) 500ml

Gradually developing the vineyard over the centuries, a succession of aristocratic families have owned and maintained Château de Fesles. In the 19th century, the property was bought by a family of keen winemakers – the Boivin family. For three generations the family overcame challenge after challenge, including the dreaded phylloxera blight. The Boivins contributed greatly to the property, improving the viticulture and winemaking techniques and developing sales. In 1991, the property was completely renovated at the request of its then owner, Mr Gaston Lenotre. A thousand years after the château was first built, the Helfrich family – the current proprietors of this 50-hectare estate – continue to work hard to get the best from this terroir.

Provenance

Private Client

Critics Ratings

‘Concentration and balance mark this white, which is intense yet lively, sweet yet refreshing, with flavors of dried apple, vanilla, peach and honey that linger on the finish. Elegant and harmonious, it will continue to improve with age’. - Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, 92/100 (Jan 1999)

‘The 1997 Bonnezeaux was aromatically muted. On the palate, however, this wine is immensely rich, ripe, and densely packed with quince, apricots, and spices. Chateau de Fesles' policy is to employ 100% new oak barrels, a potentially dangerous proposition when working with the delicate Chenin Blanc grape. That being said, 1997 is the third consecutive year where they have done so with admirable results. This layered, intensely sweet, oily, and full-bodied wine reveals a spicy, positive influence from the oak with none of the potential drawbacks.’ - Pierre Rovani, Wine Advocate, 90/100 (Aug 1999)

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