The chateau (formerly owned by the proprietors of Yquem) goes back to the 17th century (it was built by Jacques de Malle) and it is the only listed historic monument in Sauternes. The vineyards are situated in the communes of Preignac and of Fargues. Only 28 hectares of the vineyard area of Château de Malle are dedicated to the making of Sauternes. The vines are planted on the undulating slopes of a plateau of medium altitude on gravelly clay soil on a siliceous sub-soil. The vines (69 % Semillon, 28 % Sauvignon and 3% Muscadelle) have an average age of between 30 and 40 years and are planted at a density of 6,600 vines per hectare. Each year the fruit of the vine patiently awaits the progressive invasion of botrytis cinerea. The vintage, in accordance with tradition, is still brought in by hand by means of successive selective pickings. Each individual grape is only snipped off once it has achieved a perfect state of 'rôti,' that is to say, when it is shrivelled up and fully concentrated. Three to five pickings are usually necessary at the property. This varies depending upon all the combined conditions for making great Sauternes.
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