Owner & winemaker: Alain Dejean
Vineyards: 14ha, across 58 different tiny parcels
Vineyard management: Organic and Demeter-certified biodynamic
Soils: Varies by site, including blue clay, clay-limestone, and sand
Grapes grown: Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle
- Alain Dejean chooses to label his wines as “Vin de France,” not “Sauternes,” because he refuses to use the additives and technological manipulations necessary to meet the new appellation specifications instated in 2008.
- He’s one of the only producers of Sauternes (and possibly one of the only producers in France) bottling sweet wines with zero added sulfites.
- His wines gain stability through extended élevage, often for seven or more years.