Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Chateau Partarrieu Sauternes 2005

Fargues, Sauternes, France, $96, cork seal

Nowadays people tend to consider sweet, botrytis affected wines an accompaniment for dessert, but I live with a girl called Naomi who tends to consider them the only wine worth drinking. This bottle comes from Chateau Partarrieu which is located near the commune of Fargues in Sauternes. It's made from 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon grapes that come from 60 year old vines.

It's as lush and golden yellow in colour as expected. The restrained noise has aromas of stewed apricots, raisins and splash or rum, while the palate is totally dominated by the taste of dried citrus peel. There's a slight hint of acidity to help keep the sweetness balanced, but unfortunately there's also pretty obvious alcohol heat on the finish. Chateau Partarrieu Sauternes 2005 is a simple wine with a one dimensional flavour profile and no real length or intensity.

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