2010 CHÂTEAU LAURETTE Saint Croix du Mont
The luscious sweet pudding wine would be twice the price if from a grander appellation. A great alternative to the near neighbours from Sauternes.
2008 MUSCAT DE MAS AMIEL Domaine Mas Amiel
Bright and light style of Muscat with fresh zesty fruit, sweet buy never cloying. Great all rounder.
2011 CHÂTEAU MONTEILS Cru Bourgeois Sauternes
Top quality Sauternes from this young winemaker and unusually good at this price level. Perhaps a little lighter in colour and weight than previous vintages but still amply rich and sweet with a creamy... ( more info )
2010 MAS AMIEL Vintage Maury Domaine Mas Amiel
Vins Doux Naturel from very low yielding Grenache (i.e. red grapes) vines planted in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Mid-depth red colour, a very rich sweet nose of red fruits with a singe of burnt... ( more info )
2011 MAS AMIEL Vintage Maury Domaine Mas Amiel
Maury is a Vin Doux Naturel, like Muscat de Beaumes de Venise or de Rivesaltes, but Maury is red and made predominantly from Grenache. It can be aged in the rancio style, but this is the youthful... ( more info )
MAS AMIEL Cuvée Spéciale 15 Year Old Maury Domaine Mas Amiel
Made in the classical Mas Amiel manner, 'muté sur grain', aged a year in 'bon-bons' (prodigiously large glass jars which are left out in the sun and snow on the foothills of the Pyrenees) for a year... ( more info )
2006 CHÂTEAU DOISY DAËNE 2ème Cru Classé Barsac
This is quite delicious! A lovely combination of ripeness, sweetness, rich texture and finesse. So drinkable and very moreish.
2007 CHÂTEAU LAFAURIE PEYRAGUEY 1er Cru Classé Sauternes
Rich, very sweet, intense but could do with more focus. Nevertheless it is intense and the length is there.
1990 VOUVRAY Moelleux Domaine Sylvain Gaudron
Manual harvest, full ripeness 12° alcohol, 55 g/l residual sugar, with 4.8 g/l total acidity. Fully developed, but it has a kind of restrained intensity. Very pure and subtle, lovely fresh length.
2011 RUSTENBERG Straw Wine
This 'Straw Wine' is deliciously sweet, yet still bright, fresh and complex, with honeyed characters and hints of lemon. Enjoy with crème brûlée or your favourite pudding!
2012 LES PINS Monbazillac Château Tirecul la Gravière
Sweet on the nose there is the richness of yellow peach and candied orange peel with lots of excitement coming from the hint of botrytis. Although the palate starts lush and ripe fruited there is... ( more info )
Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk