Values are tough to find in Sauternes, but this is certainly one of them, especially in the good vintages. Wine production at the estate surrounding this medieval military post began after the French Revolution, when two gentlemen named Lafaurie and Mauros purchased the land, which had been marketed as a national asset. Ownership has changed hands a number of times since then, but the deed now belongs to GDF Suez, a French energy company. Suez has modernized the facilities considerably, renovating the Château and installing climate controlled cellars.
In the vineyard, 41 hectares are planted to traditional Sauternes standards: 90% Semillon, 8% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle. South facing slopes provide the vines with ample sunlight and excellent drainage, producing a wonderfully rich, honeyed, tropical-fruity Sauternes with lovely balance and precision of flavor. Production tops out at 5,500 cases of the eponymous Grand Vin and 2,000 cases of the second wine, La Chapelle de Lafaurie.