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(2021) From a vintage that was poor for Bordeaux's red wines, but very good for Sauternes. This was a vintage where the first trie was not promising, with more grey rot than Botrytis, but luckly the weather changed in October and successive tries produced very good Botrytis and fruit. The blend is 90% Semillon with Sauvignon Blanc, 15% made in new barrels, 85% in older barrels for 18 moths. 148g/l of residual sugar. Lots of orange blossom, honey and a little leaf tea and bergamot, the palate luscious and very creamy, with masses of sweetness of apricot and golden sultana, but the acidity dazzling and fresh. Very long and concentrated, it finishes on the dry Botrytis flavours that make these wines so appealing. Half bottle price given.
(2015) No one, including FromVineyardsDirect and Château d'Yquem will confirm or deny it, but it is pretty much common knowledge that Haut-Charmes is declassified Yquem, made from the estate's younger vines. But one sniff, one taste, will tell you that this is exceptional sweet wine from one of Sauternes greatest vintages. The nose is laden with honey and glycerine, barley sugar and saffron, but such a depth of nectarine fruit and vanilla too. On the palate it is beautifully sweet with a wonderful vanilla-sugar sweetness, toast and endless layers of complexity but agility and gossamer finesse too. The finish goes on and on in a simply superb Sauternes for drinking now, or cellaring. At the price (for a half bottle) an out and out bargain.
(2015) A classic Sauternes blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and a touch of Muscadelle, I've already reviewed this organic wine as part of The Wine Gang, awarding it 91 points. It really is heavenly stuff, sheer as silk and gossamer light, yet flooded with honey and opulently rich exotic fruit, notes of ginger and spice, marmalade and delicate leaf tea combine with a crisp core of acidity to extend the finish and give this beautiful balance. A great Sauternes from a great year, and a treat. Price for 50cl.
(2013) A full bottle of Sauternes is a decadent treat, and this one is so delicious that somehow three of us polished off almost the whole lot when I pulled this from the fridge at the end of my day of tasting. With almost a decade under its belt this shows barely a sign of development. The nose is all classic baked apple pie, marmalade and delicate tea and tobacco notes. There's a little floral lift too, before a palate that is just flooded with deliciously sweet fruit. Opulently rich but medium-bodied and retaining excellent freshness, a herby tone helps cut the sweetness, but cannot dampen the enthusiasm of the buoyant tangerine and barley sugar sweetness and generosity. Sumptuous stuff on its own, but matched to all but the sweetest desserts it would be an absolute winner too.
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