Tasting: Saturday, March 23rd from 3-6pm
We don't know about you, but sometimes we just want to skip dinner and get straight to dessert, dessert wine that is. Sauternes, a subregion of Bordeaux, produces what many consider to be the king of dessert wine, the most famous example being Chateau d'Yquem. (The current vintage will run you upwards of $400 a bottle. Wow!) That's why we are excited to share with you this Sauternes from Chateau Guiraud. Truly a nectar of the gods kind of wine for only $28.99!
Awarded 96 points from major critics including Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate, Chateau Guiraud Sauternes is a premier cru dessert wine made from botrytized Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes. To produce Sauternes, the grapes are exposed to a beneficial mold that we wine nerds affectionately call Noble Rot. To put it simply, the Noble Rot basically sucks the water from the grapes rasinating them and leaving behind a concentrated, richly sweet nectar. This nectar is then transformed into one of the wine world's greatest drinking pleasures.
While many think of pairing Sauternes with fruit, cakes, and custards, it’s the savory pairings that have the ability to rock your gastronomic world! Foie Gras with Sauternes can be spectacular, but there are few pairings more decadent than Sauternes and Blue Cheese. The creamy, salty, funkiness of the cheese paired with the intense notes of honeyed apricot, butterscotch, and caramel of the wine creates the ultimate culinary marriage.
"This is a bird of a different feather, with an exotic, vibrant aroma of toasted coconut, followed by an almond cream note that gives way to the core of green fig, papaya, Cavaillon melon and honey. There's stunning richness and mouthfeel, with the power to be one of the longer-lived wines of the vintage. Very impressive. Best from 2015 through 2040."
- Wine Spectator, 96 points
"Tasted as part of a vertical held at the chateau. The 2009 Guiraud has a complex, precocious bouquet with honeysuckle and jasmine notes, hints of dried honey and white peach. It is tightly wound but very precise. The palate is pure and tense in the mouth – great precision here once again with superbly integrated oak and a lovely, seductive, very viscous botrytis-laden finish. In many ways the 2009 represents the wine that every vintage since 1983 would love to be."
- Wine Advocate, 96 points
"Gorgeous aromas of dried apricots, apple pie crust and pineapple. Full-bodied, with medium sweetness. Dense and layered."
- James Suckling, 96 points