1997 d'Arche, Sauternes

SKU #1080911 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 My primeur observation was that: 'this has good potential to blossom by bottling'. How true! Clean, precise and elegant on the nose, white peach, honeysuckle, orange-blossom and a touch of apricot, very pretty and feminine. The palate is well balanced, very crisp with a very fine level of botrytis and an engaging purity. Apricot, white peach and citrus lemon inform the fresh, lively finish. This completely surpasses my expectations. Lovely. Drink now-2025.  (4/2010)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Full-bodied, very sweet, thick and rich, with wonderful lemon, pineapple, honey and spice character. This is holding back, so give it time. Best after 2001.  (1/2000)

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Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/1/2012 | Send Email
I doubt that we’ll have any of this left by the time you read this because this is a tremendous value for a 14-year-old Sauterne. And, this wine is ready to drink right now. There is beautiful candied citrus, pure botrytis and honeycomb on the nose and palate. The acidity is completely integrated providing a soft, elegant palate.

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- A rich, viscous, full-flavored but subtly-scented and botrytis-prone white grape, Sémillon reaches magical heights when infected with "noble rot" and combined with even small amounts of the aromatic and high-acid Sauvignon Blanc to make Sauternes, one of the world's most revered and longest-lived wines, and in the sweet wines of surrounding regions like Barsac. Sémillon's most famous incarnation is in the wines of Château d'Yquem, one of the world's most expensive wines, and one that has been known to evolve for centuries. It frequently dominates, but not by much, in the oak-aged whites of Bordeaux's Graves and Pessac-Léognan, creating honeyed and viscous wines that are unlike any others. Elsewhere in Bordeaux and around France it takes on a supporting role in the wines of Entre-Deux-Mers and the Médoc. While planted throughout France, Europe, California and Washington, Sémillon's role as underling usually keeps it out of the spotlight with a few winery-specific exceptions. However, the grape is allowed to shine in Australia's Hunter Valley, where it is used to make an elegant dry wine often called, perplexingly, Hunter Valley Riesling. It also makes some incredible dry, oaked wines from the Barossa and lovely stickies in the style of Sauternes.


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