This is quite a ripe wine, very aromatic. Showing mango, honey melon and apricot. In the mouth there is great acidity, toast/pie crust, citrus peel, almond, dates. Great finish. It will improve greatly over 15 years or more. Stilton would be a good match for this.
18 hectare of 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc located next door to d’Yquem. The blends, picking, yields and aging are all conducted in a similar fashion to Chateau d’Yquem including spending its long aging in 100% new oak. The wines are powerful and long living.
Sauternes – The undisputed headline act when it comes to sweet wines. Using thin skinned white varieties and having adequet rainfall and humidity in the vineyard means the noble rot botrytis cinerea can take hold and dehydrate the grapes on the vine. Taking away moisture but leaving sugar, acid and flavour behind. The resulting sweet wines are thick, intense and structure. The balance of acid and sugar make these wines able to evolve over many years. The great wines are some of the most expensive in the world.
2011 – A difficult year with rain and cold weather. The best red wines are lovely and great for earlier consumption. The sweet wines were outstanding this vintage though. Perfect conditions for botrytis.
Semillon – A somewhat shy variety that is most famous for balancing Sauvignon Blancs overt tendencies in table wines and sauternes styles. It found a home in the Hunter where the early picked wines can live for 50 years.
Sauvignon Blanc – Hero to many, weed to many more. Sauvignon Blanc sure does divide people. The pure expression of Sauvignon fruit is a stunning and exuberant array of tropical fruits with ripe herbs and plant material. It excels in the chalk, clay and sand of the Loire as well as the wonderful vineyards in Bordeaux for dry white and Sauternes production where Semillon curbs its outgoing nature.