Wednesday, January 26, 2011

UGC Bordeaux - 2008 Sauternes


Moving onto Sauternes. I bought only a few bottles of 2008 - these are wines that demand bottle age, and I can't afford to pay so much money for wine that I can't touch for a decade. Like the dry white wines, 2007 was a good year for Sauternes. Rich and concentrated, but with a higher acidity. Good botrytis character too. Was I ever pleased with myself for hedging my bets on those wines. As it is with Bordeaux, no one ever hears about how the whites are doing. After all, as they say, the first duty of a Bordeaux wine is to be red.

This tasting showed quite well for Sauternes. The wines were dense and had lower acid than 2007, but were balanced, and classic. A few had a lovely stream of minerality. The botrytis is not apparent in this vintage, but as with all the wines, we are judging them far too prematurely.

Château Climens - clean apricots on the nose, concentrated and sweet
Château Coutet - balanced fruit, sweet but good acid, long
Château Doisy-Daëne - pure fruit, slight herbal in character, spicy, great length
Château Guiraud - concentrated, punchy fruit, juicy and rich, slightly bitter on the finish, complex
Château La Tour Blanche - slightly herbal, beautiful minerals, balanced and lean
Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey - concentrated and sweet, good mineral character, balanced
Château Sigalas-Rabaud - very concentrated, lots of sweetness, thick
Château Suduiraut - aromatic apricots, concentrated, syrupy and very rich


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