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  1. De Bortoli Botrytis Semillon Florence Broadhurst 2016 375mL
    De Bortoli Botrytis Semillon Florence Broadhurst 2016 375mL
    Our manager Effie Ross has chosen this for her staff pick for 2021, here's why:

    This delightful sticky is intended as an approachable, every-day drinking cousin of the treasured national classic, De Bortoli Noble 1. It represents incredible bang for buck and comes ready to drink in a striking 375ml bottle that showcases a design by the late Australian artist Florence Broadhurst. Alluring aromatics of rich ripe oranges, yellow peaches, earl-grey tea, toffee apples, cut hay, and spiced apricot leap out of the glass. It’s pleasantly full-bodied and sugar sweet which is cut nicely with fresh lemon-lime acidity. The flavour carries long on the palate and develops in the glass. This is a complex and well-structured sweet wine, and an excellent example of Riverina botrytis-Semillon. Serve this with cheese, pavlova, or Christmas cake and custard. Recommended reading material includes the history of Australia’s Riverina wine region, or the fascinating and tragic life and work of Florence Broadhurst. EFFIE ROSS, PWS
    2016
    Semillon
    Australia
    473
  2. Carmes de Rieussec 2018 375ml
    Carmes de Rieussec 2018 375ml

    Pale lemon-gold colored, the 2018 Carmes de Rieussec is a little youthfully mute to begin, offering glimpses at lemon meringue pie, lime cordial and beeswax scents with touches of baking bread and marzipan. The palate is appealingly rich and packed with citrus and spice layers, finishing long and honeyed. LISA PEROTTI-BROWN, Wine advocate

    The 2018 is another top notch release for this beloved wine. It's so perky and fun, the overall feeling is one of playfulness and excitement rather than the often imposing nature of its big brother. It is both thirst slacking and simultaneously moreish. Lashings of tingly minerality and fresh acidity are what really set this up as a delight to drink. Lovely right now with a lighter dessert or some cheese but I would be tempted to put it away for a handful of years, I think that energy and buoyancy will hold in in good stead for a while to come. A really pure and attractive Carmes. ROSCOE

    2018
    Dessert
    France
    481
  3. Baumard Coteaux de Layon Carte D'or 2015
    Baumard Coteaux de Layon Carte D'or 2015
    This wine, his Carte d'Or is a blend of sites which he thoughtfully keeps fresh by not burdening it with too much sugar (its sweetness is balanced with a zesty line of acidity). It's a delightful and lively rendition that will age well or give pleasure right now.

    'The palate shows a very appealing concentration, with white peach, white pear flesh, a delightfully match-sticky freshness and also a beautifully bright acidity…this has very nice fruit and tension, but also a delicious minerally frame for it all. Very good indeed.' thewinedoctor.com
    2015
    Chenin Blanc
    France
    422
  4. Suduiraut 2018 375ml
    Suduiraut 2018 375ml

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    James Suckling 97-98
    This has lots of concentration and mushroom and spice character. Plenty of botrytis. Dense and flavorful finish. Big wine for the vintage. Five hectoliters a hectare and half went into the second wine.
     
    Andrew Caillard, MW 94
    Pale medium colour. Apricot, white peach, barley water aromas with honeyed notes. Very fresh, not overly cloying with apricot nectarine barley water marzipan flavours, attractive viscosity on the mid-palate, loose-knit chalky textures and fresh long acidity. Only 125g/l more elegant a style but surprisingly refreshing.

     

    2018
    Sem/Sauv Blend
    France
    481
  5. Rieussec 2017 375ml
    Rieussec 2017 375ml

    Sauternes 1er Cru Classé
    24 BOTTLES remain at time of offer

    The 2017 Rieussec captures the natural intensity of the year, while also remaining faithful to the house style that is now favored by the estate. A high percentage of Sauvignon Blanc (17%) adds freshness and lift to the passionfruit, pineapple, mint and lemon confit flavors. Beautifully harmonious and persistent in the glass, the 2017 has so much to offer. In this tasting, it is simply tremendous. (94-97) ANTONIO GALLONI

    The 2017 Rieussec was affected by the frost, losing around 15% of the production although, it was more located in parcels that are designated for the dry white R de Rieussec. Eric Kohler told me that it was a relatively rapid picking. It has around 125gm/L residual sugar. It has a clean but slightly distant bouquet, does not really exude the richness that you expect from Sauternes. The palate is medium-bodied and more promising than the nose: a viscous opening, quite spicy and slightly Auslese in style. The acidity is well balanced and it becomes increasingly lively towards the lychee and fennel-tinged finish, as if compensating for the nose. (92-94) NEAL MARTIN

    2017
    Sem/Sauv Blend
    France
    356
  6. Lafaurie Peyraguey 2019
    Lafaurie Peyraguey 2019

    Sauternes, Barsac

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    Bright and effusive, with terrific persistence, the 2019 Lafaurie-Peyraguey is so alluring. Tangerine peel, passionfruit, mint, pineapple and a kiss of new French oak are all beautifully delineated. Even with all of its intensity, the 2019 remains gracious and light on its feet. Superb. Tasted two times. Antonio Galloni 96

    2019
    Sem/Sauv Blend
    France
  7. Coutet 2009
    Coutet 2009

    The Coutet 2009 is a sensational effort from Philippe Baly and his team. It has a fragrant nose of honey, vervain tea, pineapple, frangipane and apple-blossom, well defined if needing a little more vigour at the moment. The palate is vibrant on the entry, informed by touches of apricot and orange peel, very focused and tensile towards the long, sensuous, viscous finish. It has the same minerality exuded by Doisy-Daene and reminds me of a stellar ’62 tasted just a few weeks previously. A magnificent Coutet. (98) WINE ADVOCATE

     

    Intense exotic fruits abound, powerful apricot, nectarine, white flowers and white truffles with excellent bitter almonds on the finish that works so well as a counterpoint to the luxurious texture. I love this, silky and seductive yet strict. (97) DECANTER, tasted 2020


    2009
    Sem/Sauv Blend
    France
    481
  8. Suduiraut 2017
    Suduiraut 2017

    Sauternes
    12 BOTTLES remain at time of offer
    Just as impressive as it was in barrel, the 2017 Suduiraut is positively dazzling. Pineapple, orange peel, crême brulée, white flowers, honey, apricot and hazelnut are some of the many nuances that develop in the glass. Rich and heady, yet also wonderfully vibrant, the 2017 is developing into a stunning Suduiraut. The 140 grams of residual sugar is very nicely integrated. Only the fruit from the last two picks made it into the Grand Vin. (97) ANTONIO GALLONI

    The 2017 Suduiraut was picked via three tries, with 75% of the crop picked in the second tries from 4 to 15 October. The harvest finished on 19 October, one of the last in Sauternes and after Yquem. “We were touched by the frost but not in the top terroir,” winemaker Pierre Montegut told me. It is matured in around 50% new oak. It has an expressive, harmonious bouquet with dried honey, white flowers and a touch of gripe water (a children’s medicine for those in the United States. I have been informed there is no equivalent on the other side of the Atlantic). The palate is well balanced with a viscous opening, well judged acidity, plenty of botrytized fruit with a long, lightly spiced finish that feels so fresh and vital. This is a superb Suduiraut from Pierre Montegut and his team. (94-96) NEAL MARTIN

     

    2017
    Dessert
    France
    481
  9. Doisy Daene LExtravagant 2019 375mL
    Doisy Daene LExtravagant 2019 375mL

    Sauternes, Haut Barsac

    Cru Classé

    Purchase En Primeur. Arrival due September 2022.

     

    In 2019 Doisy-Daëne's L'Extravagant is perhaps not as flamboyant as it can be, but that's not an issue at all, as it is still an absolute stunner. Tangerine oil, passionfruit, ginger, spice and pineapple are beautifully laced together in the L'Extravagant. The interplay of fruit richness, texture and underlying minerality makes for a dazzling Barsac that is alluring right out of the gate, but that will also age gracefully for many years. Antonio Galloni 97

    2019
    Sem/Sauv Blend
    France
    356
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