Final Wine For 2012

It's fitting that I ended the year with on a sweet note, even though Sauternes and its satellites are no longer my first choice in dessert wines.

Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Bommes Premier Cru Classe, 2003

This has the burnt, carmelised sugar notes of hot vintage Sauternes, with a backdrop of apricot marmalade. The botrytis not very obvious at first - but when it hits, it's flat out intense, lending the wine a lot of complexity. Oddly, there's also a note of cigar ash on the nose, which I've never picked up in a dessert wine before. The acidity is better than in the other 2003's I had, making this a yummy treat, but don't expect an Eiswein or a Tokay here. (Dec. 30, 2012)

WineRoute, about 170-180 NIS for a half bottle when I bought it six years ago.