The nose reveals; some dark cherry liqueur, blackberries, black plum skin, blueberries, black raspberries, dark chocolate bar, mocha notes, cinnamon, some nutmeg & clove, leather, dry top soil, dry stone, underbrush, fresh dark florals & violets.
The body full. The tannins still firm but coming around. The palate show the region and still needs another eight years. The fruits show the ripeness the 2010 vintage delivered. When you taste it, you gets it’s Rauzan’s little brother. It gets better as it opens up but, wait to open any bottles in your cellar. The 2010 vintage is a long cellar and this is no different.
Dark cherry, blackberries, black plum skin, blueberries, black raspberries, strawberries come on as it sits on the palate, dark chocolate bar, mocha notes, cinnamon, some nutmeg & clove, herbaceous notes, touch of black pepper corns, leather, dry black soil, dry stone, dry crushed rocks, underbrush, fresh dark florals & violets. The acidity is nice. There is good structure, length, tension and balance but, again needs time. The finish is nice but, still earth dominate and persistent minutes. — 8 days ago
Nose has warmed pear, wildflower honey, dried grapefruit peel and cold butter.
Palate has baked yellow apple & pear, fading citrus notes, sandstone-like minerality, under-ripe white peach and hint of dried apricots on the long finish.
This wine has improved markedly in two years since from our last bottle. As usual, it's the last bottle, but should anyone be holding 2010, no concerns for 4-6 more years. Solid bottle from a very solid vintage, just coming into it's prime, when in proper storage.
Paired tonight with some beautiful cuts of Halibut, perfectly cooked in sous vide. Accompanied by roasted broccoli, shallots and lemons, just stellar with this bottle.
Decanted ~2hrs. — 6 days ago
Deep garnet red with brick edges. Layered and aged nose coated in dried cherries, truffles, damp forest floor, wet tobacco, and some light baking spices. Medium tannins (5.5/10) and acidity with a medium body. Delicious and well balanced palate with red cherries, dried currants, tobacco, earthiness and leather. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2025. — 9 days ago
Light and smooth. Really enjoyed it. — 2 days ago
The Sémillon-based 2018 Blanc Sec de Suduiraut is creamy, supple and wonderfully inviting. Green apple, almond, dried flowers and chamomile are all laced together in a racy wine that shows how compelling the best dry whites of Sauternes can be. $20.00 (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, April 2019) — 3 days ago
Today was my annual hosting of the Wednesday Wine Committee. There was 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert, all provided by me. Tasted blind, as always.
Birth year Sauternes. Drinking just like you’d expect a 31yr old Sauternes to be drinking, and maybe even slightly younger. Basically perfect provenance, the color has really darkened over the last 2-3yrs. Amber in the glass and molasses like up front. This checks all the boxes for Classic Sauternes. Honeyed sweet fruits with ripened pineapple, golden peach and nectarine with a touch of savory/nutty notes on the finish. Very lengthy finish with tons of complexity and life left. Wish I had another 1-2 bottles! — 8 days ago