Chateau Brouset was the property of the Fournier family for most of the 20th century. The Fournier family are best known for owning Chateau Canon in St. Emilion. Today, the estate is owned by the Taillan group, who own numerous Bordeaux estates in the Medoc, most notably, they count Chateau Gruaud Larose in St. Julien and a large Bordeaux negociant company as part of their holdings. They purchased the estate of Chateau Broustet at auction in 2010.
The 16.5 hectare Sauternes vineyard of Chateau Broustet is planted to 80% Semillon, 16% Sauvignon Blanc and 4% Muscadelle. Previously, they maintain one of the largest portions of Muscadelle in the entire Sauternes appellation as it was close to 10% of their vineyard at one time. The vines are on average close to 35 years of age. The terroir is gravel, sand and limestone soils. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,600 vines per hectare.
To produce the wine of Chateau Broustet, vinifiction takes place in stainless steel tanks. Chateau Broustet is then aged in 20% new, French oak barrels for an average of 12 months before the wine is returned to their stainless steel vats for several more months of aging prior to bottling.
Chateau Broustet is a small estate with a tiny production, making their wine hard to find. The wine, which drinks well early, is a good example of a value priced, sweet, white Bordeaux wine. On average Chateau Broustet makes close to 850 cases of Sauternes wine a year. There is a second wine, Chateau de Segur.
The estate of Chateau Broustet also produces a dry, white Sauternes, Le Blanc Sec. Chateau Broustet is one of a handful of moderately priced, Sauternes producers that understands the need to find and create new markets as well as reach out to generations of younger customers. To help promote their brand, they became one of the early Sauternes proponents of selling their wine in individual, 10 cl cigar shaped bottles that are sealed with an easy to remove screw cap. The cigar shaped bottles, or cylinders, are sold under the name of Sweet Broustet. On average, the annual production of Chateau Broustet is close to 3,500 cases of Sauternes per year.
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