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A great sweet white from Bordeaux, this is a blend of Muscadelle, Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.
The grapes were affected by so-called noble rot before they were picked, concentrating the flavours and natural sugars in the grape.
The result is golden, literally; it's rich with delicious honey and orange flavours.
Try with blue cheese or lemon tart.
This wine is ideal for drinking now but can be kept for up to 5 years
Susy Atkins - Stella, Sunday Telegraph 22/12/2013
Of the 2009 vintage, Susy Atkins said: "Tesco has two good own-label dessert wines (the other is the richer Australian Dessert Semillon) but this wins for subtle elegance, honeycomb and orange peel flavours."
Jane MacQuitty - Weekend, The Times 04/01/2014
Of the 2009 vintage, Jane MacQuitty said: "This luscious, waxy, candies white peach and pineapple sticky, from Chateau Haut-Bergeron and a great vintage, punches above its weight."
The Sauternes region has produced uniquely sweet style wines since well before the 18th century. The vagaries of climate from vintage to vintage, the extended length of time winegrowers must wait for noble rot (botrytis) to develop in the vineyards, and the time-consuming and meticulous harvesting techniques, combine to make Sauternes a very expensive, and very challenging, wine to produce.
Yvon Mau Producers Club
The Sauternes region is located about forty kilometres southeast of Bordeaux. There are five communes: Sauternes, Barsac, Fargues de Langon, Bommes and Preignac. The Sauternes region is unique in that it is dedicated to producing exclusively sweet style wines. It excels in the development of "noble rot", or Botrytis, which is the critical ingredient in producing these great, naturally sweet wines. Sauternes with blue cheese or foie gras are classic wine and food pairings; it also makes a delicious aperitif, or digestif after a meal.