1997 Crème de Tête Sauternes
|Sémillon, Muscadelle, Sauv Blanc
22 years old and just now into its second year on the market as it was released in 2018. On first opening, you get an almost smoky edge, suggesting that you are missing nothing in the complexity of aromatics from seeing no oak during ageing. The smoked starter is followed by strong lemon zest and salted caramel, intense but not at all heavy. Quite different from many Sauternes, even when they have two decades in bottle, it promises sweetness in its texture and hints at tarte tatin in the richness of the apple and apricot flavours, but the finish is clean, juicy and uplifting, almost dry. Tasted again at least eight hours later over an evening meal and what impressed the most was how fresh and delicate it still was. Strong salinity on the finish, powerful and impactful. Drinking range: 2019 - 2055 Rating: 98 Jane Anson, Decanter (Jun 2019)
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This still has a youthful golden colour, with accents of marzipan and buttered brioche hinting at some evolution, while the core offers a magnificent display of creamed yellow apple, mirabelle and mango flavors infused with chamomile, honeysuckle and jasmine. The long finish has both waxy and racy elements, with more marzipan as well as green tea and verbena echoing. Absolutely stunning. Drink now through 2050. 183 cases made. Drinking range: 2018 - 2050 Rating: 97 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Oct 2018)
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