Sainsbury's Taste The Difference Sauternes is made by Chateau Guiraud and dates from the warm year of 2005, considered a great one for Bordeaux generally, and which perhaps accounts for the 13% alcohol.
A blend of Semillon and Sauvignon, on the nose, it smells of peach and marmalade with some botrytis and a hint of nail polish initially; with air this fades and something more floral emerges.
On the palate there is more apricot and white peach with honeysuckle / honeycomb, balanced with a refreshing, pineapple acidity.
The texture is creamy, full and oily, and typically for Sauternes, the sweetness is not excessive or overly intense - rather, with a little air, the depth of flavour increases giving a lovely sweet-sour finish.
It's quite a weighty wine and feels made for summer puddings - my perfect match would be a tarte au citron, or maybe a crème brûlée.
To me this is a lovely "classic" wine, in that it impresses with its balance, finesse and depth of flavour, rather than wowing with a variety of primary flavours.
£12.99 (37.5cl) from Sainsbury's, provided for review.
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