Sauternes is considered to be the source of the world's best sweet wines. Château Violet in the Sauternes wine region is exactly the sort of winery that I like - small and family-owned. In fact it has been in the same family for 150 years. Traditional methods are used in the vineyard and winery.
Sauternes is typically 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.
The best Sauternes wines include a small portion of Muscadelle which brings lovely floral aromas to the wine. In this Château Violet Sauternes the mix is 85% Sémillon, 10% Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle 5%. Whilst this is a sweet wine it has great acidity which prevents it from being cloyingly sweet. The vines at Château Violet are planted on gravelly soil which helps with complexity of flavours and with freshness or acidity.
Flavours include lime, grapefruit, honey, apricots and mango with hints of ginger and barley sugar; in fact you can find something different each time you take a sip. Of course being a dessert wine it is as smooth as very runny honey, really silky and it is perfect with desserts and blue cheese in particular.
A fabulous dessert wine which complements desserts & puddings and some blue cheeses like Roquefort and Stilton. Also the classic partner for foie gras.
This wine is expressive and flattering with a bouquet where candied fruits are enhanced by spices and vanilla. The structure is full with notes of candied lemon. Warm finish.
***** Consumer rating in Vivino