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Sauternes

Sweet White Bordeaux

The sweet whites of Bordeaux owe their existence to one of Natures bizarre gifts. The climate of the area promotes the development of a particular form of mould – Botrytis cinerea, more commonly known as “noble rot”. This effects the grapes, especially the Semillon, and has the effect of splitting the skins of the grape which allows evaporation of a portion of the water content thereby increasing the sugar concentration of the juice. The resulting wines are rich, sweet and wonderfully textured. Whilst noble rot is not unique to Bordeaux, it is here that the very finest of these styles of wine are found, in the communes of Sauternes and Barsac.

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  • Château Haut Bernasse 2004 Monbazillac, 13% vol, 50cl

    Château Haut Bernasse 2004 Monbazillac, 13% vol, 50cl

    BB08

    Situated in the heart of the Monbazillac appellation, Château Haut Bernasse has 14 ha of vines with an enviable southerly aspect and a climate that allows the early morning mist and fog to burn off as the sun rises giving perfect conditions for the development of Botrytis cinerea (Noble Rot).

     

    The 2004 is made up of 85% Sémillon, 10% Muscadelle & 5% Sauvignon Blanc from vines with a minimum age of 25 years. The grapes were hand harvested and pressed in a pneumatic press. Fermentation, using wild yeast, is in stainless steel followed by 2 years ageing in cask.

     

    The wine has a lovely deep golden colour and a nose with ripe fruit aromas and honeyed notes. The palate is full and luscious with layers of intense fruit and marmalade flavours supported by a fine core of balancing acidity.

     

     

    £16.32

  • Sauternes “Gold Reserve” 1998, Château Filhot, 13.5%vol, 75cl

    Sauternes “Gold Reserve” 1998, Château Filhot, 13.5%vol, 75cl

    BB04

    A mature wine from the renowned Sauternes property of Château Filhot.

     

    “Gold Reserve” 1998 is a light and elegant style. Not the sweetest of Sauternes but full of dried fruit and marmalade flavours. It is well suited as an aperitif or to partner rich savoury dishes such as rich pâtés, or cheeses (especially Roquefort). If you want to use it as a dessert wine choose a light, fruit dish.

     

     

     

     

    £16.80

  • Château de Ricaud 2015, Loupiac, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    Château de Ricaud 2015, Loupiac, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    BB02

    To the south of Bordeaux city, near Cadillac, Château Ricaud boasts an exceptionally diverse array of soils. Impressed by its quality potential and the architectural splendour of the château, Alain Thiénot (of Champagne fame) bought the property in 1980 and has subsequently put in place a remodelling plan to transform the estate into a benchmark Loupiac and to create a Côtes de Bordeaux worthy of the finest wines.

     

    Loupiac lies across the River Garonne from Sauternes.

     

    Set in a natural amphitheatre and surrounded by three streams, no other spot in the appellation is more affected by the alternating misty and very dry conditions essential to produce the fungus Botrytis Cinerea or “noble rot”.


    Given its location, Château de Ricaud is one of the rare estates where this magic is guaranteed to take place and every year, allowing without fail, the incredible transformation to take place, creating wonderfully aromatic golden nectar.

     

    100% Semillon, vinified and then aged in oak (20% of which is new) for 12 months.

     

    Attractive golden appearance. Lovely freshness on the intense bouquet, full of peach and citrus fruit aromas. The aromas are mirrored on the palate, where they combine with lovely mature noble rot character offering typical apricot and orange rind notes. With beautifully balanced acidity and rich sweetness, the wine has a lingering, aromatic and fresh finish.

     

    £19.56

  • Cyprès de Climens 2012, Barsac, 13.5% vol, 37.5cl

    Cyprès de Climens 2012, Barsac, 13.5% vol, 37.5cl

    BB03

    The second wine of Château Climens, Cyprèe de Climens is 100% Semillon.

     

    The history of the estate dates back to the 16th century but today it is in the ownership of the Lurton family with Bérénice Lurton currently at the helm.

     

    The vineyards of Climens cover more than 30 hectares in one continuous vineyard surrounding the château and have an average age of 35 years.

     

    Fermentation is in cask followed by a further 12 month period of maturation in barrel.

     

    The wine has a lovely yellow/ amber colour with an aromatic nose, with vanilla hints, and notes of candied yellow fruits, apricot and honey. The palate is soft and rounded with excellent texture, richness and great length. A lovely Barsac.

     

    Half Bottle

    £23.16

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    Château Filhot 2011, 2ième Cru Classé Sauternes, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Château Filhot 2011, 2ième Cru Classé Sauternes, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    BB07

    This magnificent estate lies just to the south of the village of Sauternes and extends to some 350 hectares, 62 of which are vineyards lying with a mainly south-west exposure.

     

    Founded in 1709 by Romain de Filhot the property is today run by one of his descendants, Count Henri de Vaucelles.

     

    The 2011 Filhot is 60% Semillon, 36% Sauvignon Blanc & 4% Muscadelle.

     

    The grapes were hand harvested by skilled pickers making several sweeps through the vineyards. Fermentation was in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats and lasted for between 10 – 30 days depending on the variety. After a gentle filtration and blending the wine spent 2 years in oak, a third of which was new.

     

    A rich golden colour, the nose has hints of apricot, zesty spice and fresh acidity (from the Sauvignon Blanc), together with botrytis honey notes. The palate is round and full with layered rich fruit supported by a taut, acidic backbone.

     

    £30.00