Bordeaux, France; 13.5% ABV
$6 for 500ml at the Richmond, CA, store on 28 Apr
After liking the Bordeaux Standard reds (2004 Haut-Medoc and 2006 St. Emilion), I jumped at this Sauternes from an outstanding year. Although this wine is a little lighter than previous Sauternes I’ve tasted, it’s quite delicious.
The first small glass was a little reserved, but the second opened to gently viscous honeyed ripe pear and melon, butterscotch, slightly bitter caramel, and botrytis. I am not that much into dessert wines, but this even, balanced, decently complex wine is outstanding for the price.
Note that I have here gone with a Lim13-style portrait of the whole bottle as I agree that, in this case, a close-up of the ugly label doesn’t do it justice.