Golden. This wine reminded a lot of 1994 and was as elegant and tasty. It took against you with open arms. A really well made wine, which should keep all the good things together for the next 10 years. greatbordeauxwines.com (4/2005).
Beautiful golden colour. This young vintage has a fairly forward nose with hints of wax and candied citrus as well as fresh fruit (pineapple and apricot). Pleasant, round, and well-balanced on the palate. Medium-long aftertaste. Very enjoyable at this stage, which makes this a very worthwhile vintage, able to be appreciated earlier than its predecessors. Chateau d’Yquem.
Light gold colour. Lemon tea, almond and honey character. Medium-bodied, medium sweet, with some spicy flavors and a herbal, sorbetlike finish. Wine Spectator.
Sauternes is home to arguably the most prestigious and long-lived sweet wines in the world. Located 65 km south of the city of Bordeaux at the southern tip of the Graves, the appellation has 2100 ha of vineyards planted on flat, alluvial gravels overlying thick layers of limestone. Although viewed as one appellation, Sauternes actually consists of five communes; Barsac, Bommes, Fargues, Preignanc, and Sauternes with Barsac also a designated appellation in its own right. What makes Sauternes unique is its special mesoclimate caused by the confluence of the Ciron and the Garonne rivers.
The region experiences evening mists in autumn which set in until late morning and are subsequently burnt off by warm sunny afternoons. It is precisely these conditions that provide the ideal environment for the growth of botrytis cinerea – a fungus that attacks the grapes, causing them to dehydrate leaving sweet shrivelled fruit, ideal for sweet wine production. Sauternes wines are made predominantly from Sémillon with Sauvignon Blanc with small amounts of Muscadelle. Golden in colour with enticing aromas and flavours of honey, acacia, stone-fruit, candied citrus and marmalade, classic Sauternes is rich, unctuous and beautifully balanced by fresh acidity. Capable of long-ageing, the wines turn deep amber with age, taking on more tertiary caramel flavours over time.