Sauternes AOC, Bordeaux, France; 13.5% ABV
imported by Halby Marketing, Inc., Sonoma, CA
$7 for 375ml at the Richmond, CA, store on 27 Feb
On the nose and then on the palate, the wine shows full-flavored but delicately delineated honeysuckle, yellow pear / apple, pineapple, ripe Asian pear, very slight (if any?) botrytis, and ripe apricot. This is not the most amazing Sauternes, but it is an outstanding bargain. Like most such sweet wines, this could probably develop well for at least another ten years in good storage.
The next day, the flavors were much the same, with the flavors more delicate and “liquidy.”
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.