Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Domaine Rousset-Peyraguey Sauternes

Domaine Rousset-Peyraguey Sauternes 2004
Pomport, Bergerac, France

Sauternes -- rich, luscious, sexy. I came across this beauty while out doing my Christmas shopping. I was thrilled to find an older vintage at a reasonable price (~$55). Like the Monbazillac I reviewed over the summer, Sauternes is made from late harvest and botrytized Semillon, Sauvinon Blanc, and Muscadelle.

2004 was a bit of a rough vintage in the the Sauternes region, with little botrytis. While this might prevent it from being a GREAT YEAR, that's okay in my book. The wine may be a little lighter and less unctuous, it will also be more affordable.

Domaine Rousset-Peyraguey is a biodynamic producer in the region with 50+ year old vines, taking great care with their low-intervention grape growing and wine making practices. Their Sauternes experience a slow fermentation then are aged 4-6 years in oak and acacia barrels. So, let us taste!

Review: This beauty is a pale amber color with pronounced aromas of confected citrus, apple blossom, and earthy honeycomb. The palate has a bold, full texture and is lusciously sweet and rich. The sweetness is tempered by bright acid and zippy alcohol, creating a lovely harmony. The flavors on the palate are as intense as the nose promised: honey, orange marmalade, quince paste, and a tiny bit of earthy mushroom and bitter peach pit. I love that hint of bitterness at the finish -- it rounds out the sweetness and adds a savory quality of the wine. Perfectly in balance

Food Pairing: A selection of stinky blue cheese! I paired with a classic Roquefort, creamy Gorgonzola Dolce, and a funky Ewe Calf to be Kidding. Perfection. 

Bottom Line: This is a lovely wine with great balance and precision. Could it have more intensity and spicy ginger notes from botrytis? Sure. Does it need it? Meh. It went over just fine and dandy at my holiday table.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2004
  • PLACE: Sauternes AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée)
  • GRAPE: Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle
  • BOOZE: 14% 
  • CELLAR: Drink through 2020

Where did I get it? Grape + Bean
What's the damage? Super Premium

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