The care that goes into this wine is incredible. The misty autumn mornings in Bordeaux provide the perfect conditions to slowly sweeten the grapes, but it still takes six rounds of hand-harvesting to find those grapes good enough to make it into the bottle.

 

Once made, the wine ages in the barrels of world beating Chateau d’Yquem to add toasty complexity and rich texture. Even now, it’s continuing to develop in the bottle.

 

As a sweet aperitif, with powerful blue cheeses or with rich fruit desserts, this wine really shows it’s class. There’s bursts of fresh peach and dried apricot, complemented by decadent flavours of honey and caramel, and yet it’s fresh and never cloying. There are far too many layers to adequately describe on here - let’s just say it packs a punch for a small bottle.

 

Grape varieties: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon

Alcohol: 13.5%

Chateau Lafon Sauternes (37.5cl), Bordeaux, France

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