The sweet wine of Chateau La Rame comes from the vineyard in Sainte Croix du Mont. The vines average 50 years of age and the Sémillon grapes are hand harvested with successive pass-throughs. The soil contains fossilized oyster beds which seem to impart a distinct minerality to the wine. It's aged mainly in stainless steel tanks, with a little less than a third aged in French oak barrels. It retails for $20.
As for the Chateau La Rame Sainte Croix du Mont 2014, this rich, golden, sweet wine smells like honey and dried apricots. There's a layer of earthy minerals, a chalkiness, that beautifully counterpoints the sweetness. On the palate, a viscous mouthfeel carries marmalade-like fruit flavors along on a subtle wave of acidity. This is dessert on its own, but why limit such a wonderful wine? Have it with hard cheese, almonds or a lobster roll.
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