2014 Haut Charmes, Sauternes

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Haut Charmes is a very special Sauternes bottling, made from the younger vines of one the region's most legendary château. While we aren't allowed to actually reveal the source, it's safe to say its location in the Ciron Valley exposes the Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon fruit to conditions perfect for the development of botrytis. Charming, elegant and an exceptional value for what's in the bottle. A rich wine with fine acidity, the wine has wonderful pineapple and coconut aromas that carry through onto the lush palate. A stunning wine just like its big brother, this is the best stickie value in the world, and we think if you knew its provenance you'd buy it by the case! Superb bargain!

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Price: $19.99
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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/1/2016 | Send Email
With Sauternes being designated purely as an after-dinner drink or dessert course luxury, it's nice to find an affordable, medium-sweet, high-quality bottle that we can enjoy on a more regular basis. Enter the 2014 Haut Charmes, a wine I polished off this most recent Halloween with my wife and box of spicy Chinese take-out. The 2014 stickies have plenty of acidity, so you can drink them like you would a German auslese. It's full of fresh peaches and apricots and, while it's sweet, it's never decadent or over the top in richness. This is a functional and food-friendly Sauternes for a bang-up price. And it's Suduiraut fruit, to boot!

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/15/2016 | Send Email
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A perfect score for price vs quality group. We have carried this in the past but now all the juice comes from the famous Ch. Suduiraut. Full bottles for under $20--a steal. Coconut and pineapple nuances on the nose and palate. Great acidity and quite unctuous--tastes so good now.
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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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