Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Sweet Wine From Bordeaux
Chateau La Rame Sainte-Croix du Mont 2015
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-through. 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. The wine retails for $20.
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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