Château Saïk­ouk

Meet­ing with Lat­ifa Saïk­ouk, wine­grower in the Me­doc

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Château Saïk­ouk is a young and dy­namic prop­erty cre­ated, car­ried out and em­bod­ied by Lat­ifa Saïk­ouk.

This young wine­maker is the daugh­ter of agri­cul­tural work­ers who ar­rived from Morocco in 1972 is a lover of her ter­roir, wine and epi­cure­anism. She bathed from her ear­li­est child­hood in the world of wine spend­ing her hol­i­days in vine­yards or cel­lars.

V.d.V.: Why did you de­cide to be­come a wine­maker? L.S. : I grew up among the vines of Château Verdig­nan. Every Wed­nes­day af­ter school we went to pull the wood, take out the branches at the end of the row … The wine and the vine have al­ways at­tracted me a lot. Mr Dupuy who was my neigh­bor and wine­grower in love with his ter­roir gave me his pas­sion. I would see him all the time af­ter school. He gave me his wine virus and when I was old enough to be able to taste he brought me to my first tast­ings at the wine com­pe­ti­tion of Bourg. I did this for 4/5 years fo­cus­ing mainly on white wines.Then I stopped go­ing to this com­pe­ti­tion to taste the thirty wines that are here in Saint-Seurin. When he re­tired in 2001, I nat­u­rally took over his vine­yards and set up the Château Saïk­ouk. I also wanted to keep the la­bel Château Le Mont Du Puit as a tribute to this man. In 2003 I vini­fied my first har­vest in the cel­lar. At present I pro­duce, most years, be­tween 9,000 and 10,000 bot­tles.

V.d.V.: What is the sig­na­ture of the wines of Château Saïk­ouk? What makes it pos­si­ble to rec­og­nize them in blind tast­ing?

L.S. : I do not try to make a hard, aus­tere wine but wines that can be en­joyed from the aper­i­tif un­til the end of the meal; wines that you can drink young, on any oc­ca­sion… The only ex­cep­tion is the cu­vée «Le O de Saïk­ouk» which is best made to be a wine of gas­tron­omy, to drink with a food pair­ing.

Gen­er­ally speak­ing, we are more likely to sense black ripe fruits than fresh red fruits and they will not be over­loaded with woody aro­mas.

V.d.V.: For my part I would add that the wines of Château Saïk­ouk are char­ac­ter­ized by a fine min­er­al­ity and a «plea­sur­able / ac­ces­si­ble» side. These are balanced wines that offer fresh­ness. Very of­ten there are fine licorice notes at the fin­ish.

V.d.V.: If you had to sum­ma­rize your pas­sion for wine in a few ad­jec­tives what would you say?

L.S. : For me, wine is the story of my life. It is shar­ing, con­vivi­al­ity, love…

V.d.V.: Do you have a project in par­tic­u­lar for the years to come?

L.S. : Yes, I would like to make a white wine. I re­cently planted 40 acres (60% Sau­vi­gnon Blanc, 40% Sémil­lon) in the town of Or­donnac to even­tu­ally make a white cu­vee.

An­other project I also have is a house nearby that I would like to trans­form into a guest house and tast­ing room.

• Do­maine Vic­ti­cole Saïk­ouk 4 rue du Château 33180 Saint Seurin de Cadourne, France +33 (0)6 81 33 51 62 www.saik­

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