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Sauternes and Barsac

These sweet wine communes lie on the left bank to the south of Bordeaux. Sauternes is the most famous pudding wine area in the world, with a bottle of Chateau dYquem being a truly unforgettable experience. The best properties lie on slopes down to the river, where the misty humid weather, which encourages the formation of noble rot, is more likely to occur.

Wines from Sauternes and Barsac

Producer: Chateau d Yquem
Wine: Chateau d'Yquem 1996
Appellation: Sauternes and Barsac
Region: Bordeaux Country: France
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
Tasting notes: Compared with the flamboyant aromatics of the 1997, Yquem's 1996 plays it closer to the vest, although there is a lot going on. Light gold with a tight but promising nose of roasted hazelnuts intermixed with creme brulee, vanilla beans, honey, orange marmalade, and peaches, this medium to full-bodied offering reveals loads of power in its restrained, measured personality. There is admirable acidity, weight, texture, and purity in this impeccably made Yquem. However, patience will be a virtue. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2060. 95 points RP
dotsPrice: £235.00  dotsSize: 75cl Colour/style: Sweet
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Producer: Chateau Rabaud Promis
Wine: Chateau Rabaud Promis Sauternes 1989
Appellation: Sauternes and Barsac
Region: Bordeaux Country: France
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
Tasting notes: A rich nose, high in alcohol and showing botrytis. A lovely, rich, massive palate of stylish fruit flavours. 4* Decanter Magazine
dotsPrice: £54.95  dotsSize: 75cl Colour/style: Sweet
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