Full tasting notes are being written but in short Château d'Arche Grand Cru Classé Sauternes does not disappoint - complex flavours of honeycomb, mango, pear, apple, candied peel with floral notes. It has a great balance between the mouth-watering acidity and the sweetness which means that the wine is rich but no cloyingly rich. It's unctuous and the perfect partner to most desserts, foie gras and blue cheese in particular.
Sauternes is considered to be the source of the world's best sweet wines. Château d'Arche is one of the oldest châteaux in the Sauternes wine region and achieved Grand Cru Classé status in the 1855 classification which has seen very few changes since
Like most Sauternes this is produced from Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc; Sémillon brings body and tropical fruit whilst the Sauvignon Blanc adds acidity and citrus flavours. To cut a very long story short Sémillon is susceptible to 'botrytis cinerea', a fungal infection also known as noble rot, which in the right conditions makes the grapes shrivel on the vine. This leads to very concentrated and sweet juices. One vine might produce just one bottle of this wine.
Grape variety: Sauvignon Blanc
This wine complements most desserts & puddings and some blue cheeses like Roquefort and Stilton. Also the classic partner for foie gras.
Serve at: 5 - 7oC