By Lisa Rowlands

Situated on the north bank of the Garonne river, and in close proximity to various other river systems, Cadillac’s location is a huge factor in its success. Enjoying a favourable oceanic climate, and blessed with lime-rich, gravelly soils, a sunny, south-facing aspect and steep, quick-draining slopes, the terroir of Cadillac is capable of producing sweet wines that are steeped in character.

Early morning mist and humidity is a key feature of the microclimate here, and as it gives way to drier air during the day, it creates the perfect conditions for the development of Botrytis Cinerea (noble rot). The effects of this microscopic fungus causes the natural concentration of sugar and flavour compounds in the grapes, and thus plays a pivotal role in the production of sweet / dessert wines.

Sémillon is the dominant grape variety in Cadillac’s vineyards, accounting for around 70% of the vine with the remaining 30% comprised of the other traditional Bordeaux whites - Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris and Muscadelle. The majority of wines produced here are a blend of two or more of these varieties, but there are also some notable mono-varietal wines from the Sémillon grape.