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We Continue to Taste Sauternes

Jenn and I continue our exploration of dessert wines with this pair from Sauternes.  At first sniff and taste it is a bit difficult to differentiate the wines because overwhelming impression is of sweetness and viscosity.  But with air and repeated examination we are rapidly gaining experience.  Of the three we have tasted I would generalize that the 2007 Ch. La Tour Blanche (reviewed here) shows the greatest amounts of sweet botrytis while still managing balance.  I suspect it may not be as long-lived nor quite reach the peak of the pair featured in this post.  The 2007 Ch. Sigalas Raubaud reveals apples, nuts, and orange marmalade is a complete and lively package.  This is a strong value.  The 2007 Ch. Guiraud has dried fruit flavors with a racy aspect with an overall classy personality.  These wines were purchased from MacArthur Beverages.

2007 Chateau Sigalas Rabaud, Sauternes – (375mL) $23
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  The wine is a blend of mostly Semillon with some Sauvignon Blanc sourced from vines averaging 40 years of age.  The 14 hectares of vines are located on slightly higher ground with on soils of silica-gravel soils on a clay base.  The fruit is fermented and aged in oak of which one-third is new.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The color leans towards a yellow-amber.  The nose reveals a hint of nuts followed by apple-orchard and low-lying fruit.  With air the apple and nut aromas become haunting.  In the mouth there are flavors of orange marmalade, good tension between the rich sweetness, which is controlled, and the acidity.  It has a velvet viscosity.  In the finish it becomes a touch spicy with flavors of cinnamon, peach, residual sugar, and an apple orchard note.  There is a lovely texture with sweet-lemon acidity.  ***(*) Now-2027.

2007 Chateau  Guiraud, Sauternes – (375 mL) $30
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  The wine is a blend of 65% Semillon and 35% Sauvignon sourced from 35-40 year old vines.  The 100 hectares of vines are located on 80% sandy soils with the rest deep layers of gravel and clay.  The fruit is fermented in 50% new oak barrels followed by 24 months of aging in barrels.  Alcohol 13.5%, RS 125 g/L.  The color is a light to medium golden amber.  The nose reveals dried apricots and yellow fruit.  In the mouth there is a racy sweetness (slightly water) which is well-balanced with acidity.  The flavors are of dried apricots at first then apple orchard.  The acidity is good.  The finish has flavors of white peaches mixed with cinnamon and nutmeg.  The long coating aftertaste has salivating citrus acidity followed by flavors of dried mango.  This seems to have the lowest residual sugar to acidity ratio making it seem brighter.  ***(*) Now-2030.

  1. August 19, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Good post; I think both Sigalas-Rabaud and Guiraud are making good wines these days.

    • August 21, 2012 at 9:13 am


      I am back from my vacation. Thank you very much for taking the time to read my post and comment. I am a big fan of your site and typically read it for both background information and tasting notes. I rather enjoyed both wines and was suprised by the strong pricing of Sigalas-Rabaud. I have been tasting some 2005 Sauternes and should have a post up in a week.


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