Chateau Bastor-Lamontagne Sauternes 2019

  • 94 Decanter
  • 92 Robert
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  • 90 Wine
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Winemaker Notes

The delicate, floral and spicy bouquet is marked by notes of apricots and candied lemons. On the palate, the wine is harmonious with a nice tension and pleasant aromas of almonds and bitter oranges, witnesses of a high quality botrytis.

Professional Ratings

  • 94
    Packed full of mango, pineapple and dried apricots, with a good lime zest twist on the finish. Certified organic. Now owned by the Helfrich family of Grands Chais de France, as of December 2018, so this is the first full vintage under the new team, taking over from the Cathiard/Moulin partnership. Drinking Window: 2022 - 2040.
  • 92
    Pale lemon colored, the 2019 Bastor-Lamontagne needs a little coaxing to reveal fragrant scents of peach blossoms, lemon curd, lime leaves and paraffin wax with nuances of marzipan, wild fungi and crushed rocks. The palate delivers fantastic freshness, cutting through the densely packed citrus and stone fruit layers, finishing with satisfying sweetness and yet with a sense of vigor.
    Barrel Sample: 90-92
  • 92
    White peaches, poached pears, honey, white flowers, vanilla and sliced mushrooms on the nose. Medium-to full-bodied and lightly oily with fresh acidity. Very pretty. Sweet-spice notes on the finish.
  • 90
    Shows good energy from the start, with a mix of candied lemon peel, white peach and papaya flavors that are fresh and tropical. Ends with a honeysuckle note.

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Chateau Bastor-Lamontagne

Chateau Bastor-Lamontagne

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Chateau Bastor-Lamontagne, France
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The Bastor-Lamontagne Estate belonged to the King of France in 1711. On July 16th, 1711 it was ceded to Vincent de la Montaigne, a counsellor at the Bordeaux parliament. On the map drawn up by Belleyme at the end of the 18th century, Bastore represented at that time a large estate, which had already begun growing wine, even if in general much of the estate's activity was based on mixed farming.

The real wine-growing era began in the 19th century when the Larrieu family, and in particular Amedee Larrieu, who was already the owner of Chateau Haut Brion in Pessac, took over the estate.

He bought the estate of Bastor-Lamontagne in 1839 at a time when sweet white wines were greatly sought after. The wine-growing part of the farming therefore became its main activity.

In 1936, Chateau Bastor-Lamontagne was sold by on the descendants of the Larrieus, the Viscount of Larochebrochard, and today belongs to Foncier-Vignobles. The cheatue is a member of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux.

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Apart from the classics, we find many regional gems of different styles.

Late harvest wines are probably the easiest to understand. Grapes are picked so late that the sugars build up and residual sugar remains after the fermentation process. Ice wine, a style founded in Germany and there referred to as eiswein, is an extreme late harvest wine, produced from grapes frozen on the vine, and pressed while still frozen, resulting in a higher concentration of sugar. It is becoming a specialty of Canada as well, where it takes on the English name of ice wine.

Vin Santo, literally “holy wine,” is a Tuscan sweet wine made from drying the local white grapes Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia in the winery and not pressing until somewhere between November and March.

Rutherglen is an historic wine region in northeast Victoria, Australia, famous for its fortified Topaque and Muscat with complex tawny characteristics.

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Sauternes Wine

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Sweet and unctuous but delightfully charming, the finest Sauternes typically express flavors of exotic dried tropical fruit, candied apricot, dried citrus peel, honey or ginger and a zesty beam of acidity.

Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris and Muscadelle are the grapes of Sauternes. But Sémillon's susceptibility to the requisite noble rot makes it the main variety and contributor to what makes Sauternes so unique. As a result, most Sauternes estates are planted to about 80% Sémillon. Sauvignon is prized for its balancing acidity and Muscadelle adds aromatic complexity to the blend with Sémillon.

Botrytis cinerea or “noble rot” is a fungus that grows on grapes only in specific conditions and its onset is crucial to the development of the most stunning of sweet wines.

In the fall, evening mists develop along the Garonne River, and settle into the small Sauternes district, creeping into the vineyards and sitting low until late morning. The next day, the sun has a chance to burn the moisture away, drying the grapes and concentrating their sugars and phenolic qualities. What distinguishes a fine Sauternes from a normal one is the producer’s willingness to wait and tend to the delicate botrytis-infected grapes through the end of the season.

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