Château Climens Barsac
Château Climens is regarded by many as the regions best wine after Yquem. Although it is slightly unfair to compare them due to their inherent differences in style and approach. Climens are known for elegance, purity and freshness, while Yquem is known for concentration and lusciousness. The 2009 vintage throughout Bordeaux can only be described as 'perfect' - Barsac in the south was no different. A wine for the ages that will repay those willing to cellar this sweet wine gem ten fold.
Château Coutet Barsac
With a family history that dates back to the middle ages, Château Coutet continues to produce elite quality dessert wines of the Barsac appellation. Peaches, apricot and marmalade on the nose framed by a sweet and dense palate with long, lingering length. Characteristic reflective of the great vintage conditions of 1975.
Château Nairac Barsac
Château Nairac has a romantic tale that surrounds the emergence of Nairac as a supreme Barsac producer. Tom Heeter came to work at Château Giscours from the United States and he fell in love with the daughter of the house and after spotting that Château Nairac was up for sale, promptly bought it set to making powerful Barsac sweet whites using traditional methods.
Château La Tour-Blanche Sauternes
Château La Tour-Blanche is a small estate producing only 4,500 cases each vintage of its delectable sweet white made from Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle. One of the first vineyards to be granted Premier Cru status, it has only been in recent years that the wines have begun to live up to the classification. With the 2007 threatening to be the best La Tour-Blance produced, it it definately one for the 2007 Sauternes collection.
Château Guiraud Sauternes
A very famous old property within the region of Sauternes that has been rejuvenated over the past 20 years with the introduction of the Narby family from Canada. The rich and voluptuous wines are now matured in 60% new oak and the results are for all to see with wines of great complexity, harmony and elegance.
Château Rieussec Sauternes
Château Reissec is a classic Château that sits high on one of the most elevated sites in Sauternes. The classic Château have produced wines of extreme elegance that are highly regarded of the best of the region. Less unctuous as others, Rieussec have outstanding bouquet, defined individuality and breathtaking concentration of flavour.
Château Suduiraut Sauternes
Château Suduiraut is ranked a Premier Cru Classé (First Growth) in the original Bordeuax Classification of 1855. Situated in the famous Sauternes appellation the estate produces exceptional sweet whites simply overflowing with concentration and power, wines that rival their illustrious neighbor Château d'Yquem. The 1970 vintage contains a firm texture backed by excellent acidity. The finish is clean and fresh with its tang enhancing the flavours of a wine now at its peak.
Château de Rayne-Vigneau Sauternes
Château Rayne-Vigneau produce both a dry and sweet white wine on the estate with the sweet style taking all the accolades in recent years. Great vintages like the 2009 can produce a wine of sheer opulence and concentration. Layered honey, apricot and orange zest are all tighly packed in a Sauternes that is a perfect match for intense cheeses and flavoursome desserts.
Château Sigalas Rabaud Sauternes
Château Sigalas Rabaud uses a hand selecting process called 'trie' to selected the ripest fruit possible for their Sauternes and this process is carried out four of five times. This attention to detail provides a Semillon dominated sweet wine of not only concentration, but elegance and purity on the palate. The 2009 is a wine that cannot be considered in the sweeter end of the vintage, but is definitely one of the most powerful.
St Stephan's Crown 5 Puttonyos Tokaji Aszu
Medium gold amber in colour, the nose bursts with orange peel, mint, cinnamon and figs. The palate is sweet and rich with cinnamon, apple and a grapefruit aftertaste. The sugar is balanced with deftly handled acidity leading to a clean finish.