2010 Semillon 'Reserve du Chateau' 375mlChateau La Rame
Chateau La Rame is one of the most renowned properties in this appellation. The hillside vineyards overlook the Garonne River and face full south as they slope downwards; creating a superb terroir for producing sublimely delicious, yet fresh and digestible sweet wine. As in Sauternes the harvest is done entirely by hand and proceeds in successive passes, or tries, over a series of weeks. Chasing intense ripeness and balance, strict berry selection is de-rigueur.
A complex and concentrated nose of honey, dried apricots, subtle white flowers and hints of vanilla. After an elegant attack, the palate develops a powerful rich body that is well-balanced by the freshness. The oak is well integrated and subtle, the finish is expressive, complex and long. ideally the wine deserves 5 years cellaring before enjoying it and it will evolve elegantly over a couple of decades.