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Chateau Broustet History, Overview
During the 1800’s, Chateau Broustet was owned by the Capdeville owned Chateau Nairac. When the results of the classification was announced, the wines were sold and classified under the name of Chateau Broustet-Nairac.
That name changed at the end of the 19th century when the Fournier family bought Chateau Broustet and set up a cooperage there.
Chateau Broustet 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 purchased Chateau Broustet in 2010 at a public auction.
The Taillan Group own numerous Bordeaux estates including: Chateau Gruaud Larose in St. Julien, Chateau Ferriere in Margaux, Chateau Chasse Spleen, Chateau Camensac, Chateau Gressier Grand Poujeaux and Chateau Citran in the Haut Medoc and a large Bordeaux negociant company as part of their holdings.
Chateau Broustet Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 16.5 hectare Sauternes vineyard of Chateau Broustet is planted to 80% Semillon, 15% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% 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, vinification 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, Les Charmes de Brouset.
When to Drink Chateau Broustet, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Broustet can be enjoyed on the young side with no decanting. In fact, it is delicious and quite a treat young, even on release! However, like all great wines, Chateau Broustet is much better with age, and does not reach full maturity until it’s at least 10-15 years of age, or in some years, perhaps even longer in the best vintages!
That is when the magic happens! But that is unrealistic for 99% of the world’s wine drinkers. So, enjoy it at any special occasion that calls for it.
Of course the wine is sweet, but there is so much, incredible, racy acidity, the wine always feels fresh, and never cloying, which makes it quite fun to enjoy young. With Chateau Broustet and frankly, all Sauternes, temperature is more important than decanting.
Serving Chateau Broustet, with Wine and Food Pairings
Chateau Broustet is best served at 14 degrees Celsius, 57 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The wine will naturally warm in the glass, while it develops more aromatic complexities and fleshes out.
Chateau Broustet can be served with seafood dishes, especially shellfish, lobster, crab and oysters on the half shell. Foie gras is a perfect pairing with its natural sweet, salty and savory characteristics. Chateau Broustet can also be paired with roasted chicken, veal and pork dishes that are either spicy, or prepared with a touch of sweetness.
Spicy Asian cuisine, raw fish, like sushi or sashimi, and cheese, both hard and soft also make great pairings with Chateau Broustet.
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 earliest, if not the first Sauternes proponents selling their wine in individual, 10 cl cigar shaped bottles.
Each of these tubes 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.
Château Broustet Wine Tasting Notes
4 Vintages 8,877 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2013||Château Broustet (Sauternes)|
Vanilla and honey, spooned over very ripe, tropical fruits, with a nice jolt of acidity in the honey and vanilla drenched, medium bodied, pineapple filled finish. Young, but already easy and quite a bit of fun to drink.
1,888 Views Tasted Aug 27, 2017
|2011||Château Broustet (Sauternes)|
Not a wine I see often, this medium bodied, sweet, forward styled wine is on the flora, candied, orange, tangerine and apricot side of the honeyed side of the style range. This is not a wine to age for years, as it will be better in its youth.
1,832 Views Tasted Jul 28, 2016
|2009||Château Broustet (Sauternes)|
Delicious, value priced, medium bodied Sauternes that drinks well young, offering a sweet, open, apricot and honey profile.
2,490 Views Tasted Nov 24, 2014
|2007||Château Broustet (Sauternes)|
Uncomplicated, fresh, medium bodied sweet wine, with more peach than pineapple and more sugar than honey. Still, this is a reasonably nice, entry level Sauternes for early drinking.
2,667 Views Tasted May 23, 2013