1998 Château Loupiac-Gaudiet, AC Loupiac
I thought understanding Bordeaux was fairly straightforward. You know, Classification of 1855, 61 chateaux, left bank/right bank, Parker . . . and then I see a bottle of Loupiac. What? A botrytised sweet wine, much like Sauternes, completely unknown??!!
So, Loupiac is on the north bank of the Garonne river, situated across from its vastly more important neighbours, Sauternes and Barsac. You know, when LCBO gets these releases right, they're really right. Older sweet wines, please, keep them coming. A blend of 95% semillon, 5% sauvignon, it doesn't have that deep colour you normally associate with sweet white Bordeaux. Very fragrant, all ripe fruit, balanced, spicy botrytis - concentrated yet subtle, quite a departure from those incredibly intense, often cloying examples from Sauternes. Leaner in the palate, perfectly balanced sweetness. You can tell this is not as concentrated as its more famous siblings, but as a drinking wine, this is very, very delicious.
Very interesting to drink . . . and learned something new!