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Chateau Bastor-Lamontagne Sauternes (375ML half-bottle) 2015

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    375ML / 14% ABV
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      375ML / 14% ABV

      Winemaker Notes

      Blend: 80% Semillon, 17% Sauvignon Blanc, 3% Muscadelle

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      RP 93
      Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
      The 2015 Bastor-Lamontagne has a pure, honeyed, acacia-tinged bouquet that soars from the glass. The palate is well balanced with a sensual, honeyed texture, well-judged acidity and a smooth, quite concentrated finish. This is one of the best wines that I have tasted from the estate in recent years. Chapeau! Barrel Sample: 91-93
      JS 93
      James Suckling
      Pretty Bastor with dried lemon, orange and spice character. Dried mushrooms too. Full body, medium sweet and a phenolic tension. Barrel Sample: 92-93
      D 93
      Decanter
      Bitter orange aromas lead into lovely rich citrus coming in immediately on the palate. This estate is located close to Barsac, so has plenty of limestone to help lift and give a saline brush to the palate. The final impression is that this is not overly powerful, but is delicately...
      WE 92
      Wine Enthusiast
      This wine is ripe, with rich orange-marmalade flavors that are happily cut by bright acidity. It is a beautifully generous wine, with a sharp squirt of lemon at the end. Barrel Sample: 90-92
      WS 92
      Wine Spectator
      This is still on the tight side, with singed almond and macadamia nut notes surrounding a core of green fig, mirabelle plum, apricot and peach flavors. Loads of honey and candied lemon peel on the finish. Best from 2022 through 2042.
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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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      Sauternes

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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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      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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