Monday, March 31, 2008

Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey 2001 wine review by (PB)

So depressed by our one day of Spring time here in Maine that I opened this classic Sauternes while watching a rain delayed golf tournament on the tube. (Now that's sad!)

This wine is a rich intense golden color with aromas of super rich ripe pineapple, tropical fruits and loads of *botrytis.

It is thick in the mouth with ultra-sweet syrupy flavors of ripe pineapple and pears. It has a velvety and balanced finished with such a great acid foundation that the sweetness is fabulous.

I paired it with some bleu cheese and pecorino and fresh pair slices which was a great pairing.

I paid $27 for a half bottle of this wine and have been aging it for a couple years. This is what Sauternes are supposed to be. (Wine Spectator gave this wine a 95...)

* Botrytis Cinerea is a favorable mold that--when conditions are favorable--forms on the grapes of Sauternes and other wines (German Rieslings and others) that concentrates the sugars in the fruit making a great wine. Raise a glass to a classic desert wine.

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