Saturday, January 30, 2010

UGC Bordeaux - 2007 Sauternes/Barsac

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Tasting 2007 Sauternes and Barsac

This was actually the second place we focused on, after the dry white wines. I bought heavily into 2007 sweet white wines, and I wanted to make sure that I was getting good ones. These wines often remain primary for many years before yielding any complexities, and I wanted to be mindful of that. Indeed, many of the wines showed simple fruit, and the residual sugar was often cloying. The overall quality was not as high as I expected - good concentration, yes, but only a few showing botrytis character. Which is why you buy Sauternes, no? But we should keep in mind, these wines need a lot of age - 10+ years - before they get interesting. Open them any sooner, and you're getting alcoholic marmalade.

Château Bastor Lamontagne - fresh, lean, dried apricots, balanced...this $24 bottle showed very well, as it lacks the concentration and syrupy quality of many more expensive wines which require age
Château Climens - spicy botrytis, elegant, noticeably thick texture, very concentrated...$279 (!) a bottle
Château Coutet - rustic nose, very viscous, sweet and a bit cloying, needs some age
Château de Fargues - botrytis on the nose, round, elegant, sweet but with balance, great potential
Château de Rayne-Vigneau - alcohol very prominent, very sweet, one-dimensional at the moment
Château Doisy-Daëne - botrytis singing on the nose, sweet, balanced, a great success
Château La Tour Blanche - fresh fruit, sweet, good balance
Château Guiraud - spicy nose, botrytis quite evident, very linear and pure palate, wonderful balance
Château Sigalas Rabaud - apricot, peaches on the nose, very sweet, almost cloying on the palate

Photo, courtesy of ROKChoi.

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