2011 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.
Vintage: 2011 Good year for Sauternes
Food Match: Medium-bodied style. Matches classic (but not too sticky sweets) like fruit tarts or crumbles. And cheese of course
Press Reviews: Decanter World Wine Awards Gold Medal and Regional Trophy for best Sauternes in 2015 (third time in four years) -
"A heady nose of peach, citrus, caramel, pineapple, honey and ample botrytis. Rich and voluptuous but never blousey thanks to the superb acidity, caramelised orange and pineapple fill the mouth and linger admirably throughout the wonderfully long finish."
£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