XO Vintage 1980

Most recent creation from the Chateau de Beaulon vineyard.
Available since Spring 2013.

Gold Medal Citadelles Bordeaux 2013
Gold Medal Vinalies Internationales 2014

Natural Environment
Soil : Chalky-Clay top soil on a cretaceous chalk base.
Climate :  Temperate; dominant West/SouthWest exposure
Relief : Hillsides north of the Gironde estuary (altitude 23 to 52 m)

Grape Varieties
Folle Blanche, Colombard, Montil — 1980 harvest only

Vineyard management
Phytosanitary treatment : sustainable viticulture
Ground maintenance and fertilization : exclusively with organic fertilizers

Distillation
For the last 40 years Christian THOMAS, owner of Chateau de Beaulon has personally overseen the distillation in the Estate’s private distillery; using the wealth of knowledge passed down through generations to obtain the most complex aromas.

Double distillation (re-run) on lees in small traditional pot-stills.

Ageing
Very long ageing exclusively in Limousine or Tronçais oak barrels, small grain, average toasting.

Bottled at the Château

Dégustation
Aspect : Beautiful amber robe with bright highlights.
Nose :    Floral aromas, alpine flora, orange flower.  Mandarin, gingerbread, salted butter caramel.
Palate :  Initial mild attack increasing in intensity.  Long finish, elegant and powerful.