Sauternes, Bordeaux. 13.5%
Not a tightly wound fruit style, more loose knit, with some formic acid, not dirty but not ultra modern. Not hugely sweet. Drinking well now (Sauternes drink so much earlier today now that minimal levels of sulpher are used).
Practically everything one would want in a Sauternes of this age.
Bordeaux, France. 14%
Young sweet glucose hints. Simple and undeveloped. Needs time but less impressive than expected.
Muddy wine, didn’t shine. Consumed over several nights this half bottle never impressed. Odd bottle perhaps?
Luscious in the 2005 soft acid ripe grape style. Attractive now although needs another 5 years to build complexity. Personally I prefer tighter more elegant vintages. But it is very useful to be able to enjoy this so early.
More lucious than sweet. Almost spirit like concentration yet still graceful. Showing some fragility, more than I expected so drink now.
Very good but slightly less exciting and fine than expected.
Vouvray, Loire. 12%
I’m giving this lower points than I’d expect. It’s certainly a lovely luscious wine. Sweet bit not a dessert wine. Still with fantastic acidity. It’s concentrated almost spirity but with low alcohol.
It’s just that the lovely acidity and gentle sweetness overwhelm. It seems to lack minerality and aged characters.
Lovely elegant despite the concentration but a bit simple.