Bright lemon colored this is the third vintage of Lamothe that I have tasted. A blend of 87% Sauvignon Blanc with 13% Semillon it has intense aromas of cut grass, gooseberry, flint, bell pepper, lemon zest, stone fruit and underripe strawberry. The palate is dry, crisp and tart with medium (+) acidity. Texturally speaking there is an oily component that gives this wine a medium (+) body. The citrus takes center stage on the palate with the stone fruit backing it up. The telltale cut grass and gooseberry are not as pronounced. The finish is medium in length, perhaps the aromatics of this varietal linger longer. Delicious and refreshing to say the least. I’m impressed by this $15 wine that gets 90 points and 5 stars. Drink with lighter fare including chicken and seafood. It begs for oysters and clams on the half shell. Salut….
I was a bit apprehensive when the cork snapped in two, hoping I could get the rest out without further ado. I was lucky, just one floating bit. You can never trust the provenance of a State liquor store bottle btw. Having said that, this dessert wine is medium gold in color with very viscous legs in the glass. The nose has pronounced aromas of apricot marmalade, honey, vanilla nib, candied lemon peel, creme caramel, peach pie and dried hazelnuts. The longer it sits there the more tantalizing the nose gets. The palate is sweet, as expected from this late-harvest and botrytized blend of Semillon and Sauvignon. Blanc. There is some great acidity here that balances out the sugar perfectly leaving me with a very slippery wine with amazing mouthfeel that just transcends the palate from front to back with such ease. The weight of this wine is sublime, full-bodied yet light and airy. The finish is long and just a tad juicy from the acidity. The whole package is amazing- worthy of 98 points that the pros at W.E. gave it. For 375ml expect to pay $75. A stunning 5 star wine that I will be serving with Blue Cheese and crackers after dinner. Salut….
There’s dessert wines and then there is Chateau d’Yquem. Head and shoulders above the rest it is the only Supérieur Premier Cru in the region. This botrytised wine was still very young but we got exactly what we wanted out of it-
Deep gold colored. Honey, apricot, lemon marmalade, orange preserves, white blossom, nuts, super sweet with medium (+) acidity. Full bodied. Youthful, long finish. 96 points
A pretty basic write up, but when you are sipping this stunner with chocolate lava cake it’s hard to divert too much attention to making assessments. An amazing wine to savor with friends for the next 30 years or so. I have to agree with the pros, this is at least a 96 point wine that gets 5 stars. Salut….
At my weekly WSET class we were tasked with the notes on this Semillon. It was medium lemon colored although there may have been a tendency toward gold IMO. The nose was of medium (+) intensity but fell off quickly. We got aromas of beeswax, toast, flint, tangerine, grapefruit, white blossom and ripe pear. I thought this developing wine was quite complex albeit not yet showing the big tertiary notes associated with the Hunter Valley. The palate was dry with medium (+) acidity- a good thing for helping age these graceful wines. Medium (+) body coupled with medium alcohol and medium (+) intensity flavors of the above. The citrus stood out on the mid palate and long finish. We though this wine was of Very Good Quality and could do with further aging. Overall I feel this is potentially a 91 point wine and for $30 it gets 4 stars. The pros went as high as 94 but I don’t see it. Salut….
This dessert style Bordeaux wine is pale gold in the glass- a stunning shade imho. The nose is chock full of Botrytis-driven goodness. Dried apricots, honey, marzipan, orange marmalade, candied ginger. The palate is sweet, luscious and silky- yet full bodied. It’s hard to tell that there is much acidity, but if it lacked that key component this wine would be out of balance, which it’s not. Unctuous flavors of apricot, honey, marmalade and candied ginger caress my palate so beautifully. The worst part of the finish on this wine is the the fact that it ends, after a decently long time lingering on my palate. Still young, this blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc will further evolve and be delicious until 2033. 92 points from me for this $ $28 stunner makes it a 5 star effort. Salut….
As I poured this medium gold colored elixir I couldn’t help but notice its viscosity. The nose has delightful aromas of honey, apricot jam, geranium, hibiscus, citrus extract and a very unique burnt smell. It may be from the sulfites?? The palate is sweet but not cloying. The flavors are pronounced in strength and display textbook Botrytis notes of honey, apricot, florals, a touch of bread/yeast and nuts. The acidity is medium and the body is full. The honey component really shines on the mid palate along with the ripe stone fruit. The finish of this dessert wine is medium in length and really coats my mouth with sweet yummy goodness. I love drinking this wine right now and am happy I have more bottles to watch the evolution. It will drink well into 2030’s and gets 93 points from me. I believe you can find a half bottle for around $30 making it a 5 star effort. It cries for Blue cheese or Foie Gras. Salut….
For Thanksgiving dessert I opened this chilled bottle of sweet Bordeaux nectar. It was spectacular to say the least. Medium gold with shimmering legs in the glass. The nose had pronounced aromas of honey, apricots, candied tangerine and crystallized mango. Super unctuous, sweet, waxy – flavors of apricot, marmalade, tangerine, honey and that telltale Botrytis note. Medium acidity and full body. The finish is very long and the sweetness coats the mouth. This is one of the best Sauternes I have ever come across. For $30 per half bottle this is a must-cellar wine for short to long term enjoyment. 96 points from me and 5 if not 6 stars. Salut….
This Bordeaux blend consists of 40% Semillon, 40% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Muscadelle. It is a medium gold in the glass and the 12.5% ABV leaves barely a sheen of watery legs in the glass. On the nose it has all the makings of a classic Sav Blanc- gooseberry, cut grass, cat’s pee and pineapple with some waxy notes from the Semillon. The palate is refreshing with medium acidity, light weight body and fresh flavors of gooseberry, pineapple, honeysuckle and that waxy note I got on the nose. The finish is medium in length and is a touch tangy from the acidity. I like this lightish wine that sports good fruit-forward notes with a nice mouthfeel that is easy to drink. I would pair it with fresh seafood, lighter chicken dishes and salads. For $15 it is a good one to stock up on for the short term, 88 points. 3 stars from me. Salut….
This Bordeaux blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc is beautiful in the glass- deep golden colored it shows off its age appropriately. There is just a sheen of legs, which made me check the ABV- 12.5%. Perfect. I’m getting a little tired of getting tipsy too soon. The nose is quite pronounced with aromas of gooseberry, lemon zest, green apple, honeysuckle, biscuit and persimmon. A very interesting combination! The palate is very soft and smooth with gentle acidity, full body and good length. The flavors are more secondary and tertiary driven. Citrus and apple give way to buttery components alongside toast and biscuit. I did a bit of research after the fact. This wine is technically a “drink now”, up to 2019. Whoops. It certainly shows some age but I think it will go swimmingly well with our grilled Salmon and sautéed spinach tonight. If you have any, pop soon. 89 points from me for this $32 wine make it a 3 star effort. Salut…..
I recently tried the 2019 Lamothe and enjoyed it- so when the latest bottling came out I had to give it a go. I’m banging up some clams in garlic and butter, this crisp wine is hopefully the perfect pairing. It is quite a deep lemon color in the glass. The aromas are quite pronounced and I get lemon zest, honeysuckle, asparagus, geranium and pineapple. The palate is dry, with medium acidity and medium weight body. The alcohol is low at 12.5% which makes for a crisp mouthfeel. The flavors are quite pronounced and echo the nose although I also get some lychee and other tropical notes. It’s quite complex for a basic white Bordeaux blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc that runs $15. I am thinking 90 points and 5 stars, drink now for the freshness. Salut….