Sweet Bordeaux US and Snooth recently put on a virtual tasting of a nice selection of Sauternes wines, and I was lucky enough to be included. Hosted by Snooth's co-founder and chief taster Mark Angelillo and wine educator Fred Swan, the event drew raves from those who participated in it.
Chateau Lapinesse Bordeaux Sauternes 2014
Chateau Lapinesse is in the Graves section of Bordeaux, but they have a Sauternes property from which they produce this incredible wine. It's a blend of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc that is sweet, but not too much so. The alcohol is restrained at 13% abv, and it retails for 40 bucks.
The online tasters couldn't get enough of the Chateau Lapinesse 2014 Sauternes. One called it "a stunner with exotic fruit and floral notes," while another raved, "HOLY MOLY this Lapinesse is awesome!" They were actually being somewhat reserved.
This sweet Bordeaux wine carries gentle aromas of apricots and flowers, with a trace of honey in the mix. The viscous mouthfeel outweighs a perky acidity and flavors of apricot and orange peel are a delightful pair. The finish is lengthy, but not nearly as lengthy as I wished it to be. So, have another sip and refresh that feeling.
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