Château Bechereau Philipperie Grand Vin de Sauternes 1983 Bordeaux, France
This is a nicely aged sweet wine from Bordeaux.
Brownish in color with a brick hue.
Great nose, although a little stinky, with honey, vegetables, herbs, wet leaves, citrus and Indian spices light curry and cumin.
Medium plus in body and buttery, with medium plus acidity.
Sweet on the palate with limes, citrus, honey, apples, earth, wood, over ripened pears, honey, Indian spices and black pepper.
This is an interesting sweet wine, but i prefer these younger.
This 36 year old is nicely balanced and enjoyable by itself. Not too sweet, with a lot of complexity. A little bitter on the ending. Spicy and tangy.
I paired it with a Macadamia Nut ice cream.
The nose is very overwhelming, so I figured I need to give it a day to chill out, which was a great idea.
Next day update: It's good that I didn't post my review yesterday, as this is a nice surprise. A tastier wine today.
Lost most of the bitter and vegetables notes, and it is showing very nicely.
If you have one, let it open up for a long time. Delicious and complex.
13% alcohol by volume.
92 points. — 13 days ago
2001 vintage. 80 % Sauvignon blanc, 20 % Sémillon. Low yields (25 hl/ha), 10000 bottles produced. Deep golden colour, looks older than it tastes. Intense perfume of bee wax, almonds and dried flowers. Powerful, profound and very good length. For lovers of older white Bordeaux. — 15 days ago
A wonderfully balanced and unpretentious Crémant. Light on the bubbles but enough to let you know your drinking some fine French bubbly. Leave the overly sweet Prosecco alone and come up to the next level of bubbly goodness: we’ll balanced Bordeaux white that pairs phenomenally with sushi or just general chef hydration whilst in the kitchen for a few hours working on a meal. You could drink this often and never get bored, saving the fine champagne for the events or the weekends! Viva la Crémant! Viva la France! — 12 days ago
Deep red brick color from long cellaring. Rich full bodied with viscous oily legs. Notes of wet clay, forest floor, mint and sage in the bouquet. Now ripened raspberries, now sweet tomato slow roasted under the oven light, now strawberry cream, now spiced baked cherries, with hints of cinnamon, flinty cave stone, and salt water in the palate. Soft but rich mouthfeel with balanced tannins that are nicely polished but keep a good grip. Green tea, hints of mild tomato, pie spices (cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon) lingering on the finish. Notes of smoked bacon fat, fried egg, herbs, and spices keep lingering for many minutes. Please do not pair with anything ;) — 13 days ago
Lunch on Saturday with friends at home. No detailed notes but there was Apricot in amongst the candied fruits. Barb said it was not as sweet as she was expecting. Drinking at its peak - no further cellaring required. Went well with fresh strawberries and ice cream. — 23 days ago
Wednesday Wine Committee. Great hosting by Gavin. 1 sparkler, 4 whites, 4 reds and 2 dessert wines. All served blind as usual.
Such a treat. This was absolutely wonderful and has so much fruit and life to it! It is extremely honeyed...not much roasted nuts to this at its age, but the honey is still there and seems to be only getting stronger. Honeyed covered mangos, dried apricot, and orange marmalade. I called this early ‘80s Sauternes. — 20 days ago
Spicy and delicious. Can be enjoyed on its own or with solid foods! Well founded and full bodied. Excellent! — 14 days ago
Always interesting and complex. Although this one is not nearly as interesting as the 2015. Poached pear and pineapple. — 12 days ago