Domaine Château d’Arche
"Château dʼArche was created in 1580 by Henry dʼArche, one of Bordeauxʼs most senior members. Its wine was already amongst the most renowned of Sauternes. During the 1789 revolution, the Château was seized by the State and it was more than two centuries before the property was unified. Château d'Arche entered the classification of the « grands crus classés » in 1855. Château d'Arche now belongs to a group of owners.
The Château is located at the very heart of a 50-hectare vineyard on the small hills surrounding Sauternes. Thanks to its unique location, it benefits from a particularly favorable climate. The morning mists dispersed by the sun enable the development of Botrytis Cinerea, a fungus essential to the making of outstanding Sauternes wines.
Château d’Arche is located next to Château d’Yquem whose name is symbolic of Sauternes. Château d’Arche has 33 hectares in Sauternes. The average age of the vines is 45 years, and the grape variety mix is 80% Semillon and 20 % Sauvignon blanc and a tiny amount of muscadelle.