Bordeaux's reputation rests mainly on its red wines - but it produces some stunning dessert wines that impress more for their finesse and elegance than by sheer full-on sweetness and intensity.
The best Sauternes have a lithe deftness that few other dessert wines can match.
Deep golden with blossom, musky baked peaches in butter and sweet marzipan.
Rich, waxy and concentrated with tropical, heather-honey sweetness, cut through with citrussy freshness; long and savoury, bitter-almond underpinnings. Almost limoncello-like.
Match with lemon tart, crème brûlée or mature Cheddar.
85% Semillon, 12% Sauvignon Blanc, 3% Muscadelle.
Chateau Laville has 14 hectares of vineyard in Sauternes, in the commune of Preignac, on gravel soils underpinned with limestone. The best plots are used to make the Grand Vin of Laville. The vines are approximately 35 years old.
£17 (half-bottle) from WineTrust100; provided for review.
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