2013 Château LAVILLE. Sauternes, Bordeaux
Alcohol Percentage: 13%
Area: 14 hectare estate in commune of Preignac, in the classic sweet wine area of Sauternes, just outside Bordeaux. They are close by Bastor-Lamontagne and Doisy-Vedrines.
Grape Variety: 85% Semillon, 12% Sauvignon Blanc, 3% Muscadelle; aged in new 400 litre oak barrels for 30 months. (140 g/l residual sugar)
Producer: Estate owned by Jean-Christophe Barbe, who did his university thesis on the subject of 'noble rot', the much sought-after infection that shrivels the grapes and ensures concentrated, uniquely flavoursome juice. His team go through the vineyard 5 times to select only the 'properly botrytised' grapes.
Food Match: Medium-bodied style. Matches classic (but not too sticky sweets) like fruit tarts or crumbles. And cheese of course.
Old Bridge Rating: Not the best known Sauternes estate but one of the most consistent - and good value for the quality.
Press Reviews: Decanter World Wine Awards Gold Medal and Regional Trophy for best Sauternes in several previous vintages.
£39.00 per bottle
£37.05 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£35.10 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles