Casta Diva DO Cosecha Miel Moscatel (50cl), 2013
The Moscatel grapes are late picked, resulting in a very high residual sugar. Ageing in a variety of barrels (including some Hungarian and Caucasian) enhances this already complex, deep flavoured wine which is characterised by orange peel, honey, raisins and spices and great length. A fantastic dessert wine.
Château Filhot Grand Cru Classé, Sauternes, 2011 (375ml)
Intense aromas of beeswax and honey combine with a luscious, full-bodied palate of ripe tropical fruit, bitter orange and quince with lovely fresh acidity to balance the richness of this delicious sweet wine.
Classified a Second growth Cru Classé in 1855, Château Filhot is a famous Sauternes property producing wonderful sweet wines from Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. The vineyard originally dates back to the seventeenth century and the Château was built in 1709. Now covering 62 hectares on deep gravel, sand and clay soils, Filhot displays the classic characteristics of Sauternes produced from low-yielding, nobly-rotted grapes individually picked by hand.
Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Sauternes, 2006, 37.5cl
Chateau Lafaurie Peyraguey is a historic Sauternes property located in the village of Bommes. The first traces of the estate can be found as early as 1618, when Le Sieur Peyraguey was the first known owner. Since 2014, Silvio Denz is the sole holder of this 1er Grand Cru Classé in 1855. The 36 hectare vineyard is planted on silico-gravelly and clay-gravelly soils.
The 2006 Lafaurie Peyraguey has a complex bouquet: honey, white chocolate, quince and dried pineapple scents that billow from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with marmalade and bitter orange on the entry, a fine line of acidity with a harmonious mandarin and grapefruit finish that carries ample botrytis with it.
Chateau Rieussec, Sauternes, 2005
Château Rieussec is a wine producer located in Fargues, in the Sauternes appellation in Bordeaux. It makes sweet wines from a classic Bordeaux blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and was classified as a first growth in the 1855 Classification of Sauternes and Barsac, alongside the finest sweet white wines the region.
About the wine:
Ownership: Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite).
Producer: Chateau Rieussec
Region / Appellation: Sauternes
Country Hierarchy: Bordeaux, France
Wine Style: Dessert – Lush and Balanced
Grape / Blend: Sauvignon Blanc – Semillon
Drinking Window: 2010 – 2045
Food Suggestion: Blue Cheeses
Review and tasting notes by Tom Cannavan
2005 Vintage Tasted: Jan 2007
As usual, a brilliant performance. Rieussec is all mellow honey and rounded, deeply ripe and concentrated fruit. The palate displays lovely botrytis, with a mouth-filling presence and terrific orangy verve and sharpness. Lovely structure here and real length.
Dr Loosen – Riesling Beerenauslese, 2013 (18.7cl)
The Mosel Region
The Mosel’s steep, southfacing slopes create the perfect climate for Riesling, giving the vines ideal exposure to the sun. Generally cool conditions allow the grapes to ripen slowly for maximum flavor development while retaining bright acidity.
Riesling Beerenauslese “BA”
Beerenauslese (“berry select”) is a rich, honeyed dessert wine made from grapes that have been partially shriveled by the botrytis fungus, also known as “Noble Rot.” These extremely concentrated, moldy grapes are painstakingly separated from the unaffected fruit and vinified to make one of Germany’s most prized vinous treasures.
The legal minimum for BA must weight is 110° Oechsle, but at Dr. Loosen it usually starts with a minimum of 120° Oechsle (28 Brix). This Beerenauslese, exclusively from estate-owned vineyards, has a juicy mouthful of ripe fruits with a finish that is long and satisfying, but never heavy. It is perfect as an aperitif, with rich foods like foie gras, or with creamy desserts featuring fresh fruits.
La Chapelle de Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Sauternes, 2016, 37.5cl
La Chapelle de Lafaurie-Peyraguey is the property’s second wine. It benefits from a blend of 93% Semillon , 6% Sauvignon Blanc and 1% Muscadelle . Aging is carried out in barrels for an average period of 18 to 20 months. It develops aromas of ripe yellow fruits on the nose, to which are added notes of spices, honey and exotic fruits. On the palate, the wine stands out for its delicacy and finesse, combining freshness and roundness in total balance. This harmonious cuvée reveals tasty fruity and honeyed touches in the continuity of the nose. Beautiful aromatic persistence on the finish.