Non-dessert usage of Sweet Bordeaux wines was the thrust of a recent online virtual tasting in which I was invited to take part. #GoGoldenBordeaux even supplied some tasty and savory treats to pair with the wines, just to reinforce the "opposites attract" method of wine pairing. Snooth hosted the event, with Master of Wine Mary Gorman-McAdams also taking part.
Castelnau De Suduiraut Sauternes 2006
Sauternes is the best-known of those ten sub-appellations. Castelnau is made from grapes which ripen earlier than those used in the Chateau de Suduiraut flagship wine. The blend of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes hits 14% abv and it looks as good as it tastes.
This is a beautiful wine that's sweet but certainly not cloying. The color is bourbon gold and the nose offers dried apricots and honey. The sweetness is more pronounced on the palate, but a zippy acidity balances the experience perfectly. The wine has a long and satisfying finish.