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Daily Glass: Finding Pleasure, or Haut Charmes Sauternes

I already touched on the subject of the “best wine” in my previous post, which can be defined as “the one you like the most”. Continuing the subject, I would also like to refer to the great teacher, author and wine guru Kevin Zraly, who taught tens of thousands of people (myself included) to understand and appreciate wine in his Windows on the World Wine School. In the words of Kevin Zraly, the best wine is the one which gives you pleasure. As simple as that. Why do I bring it up? Because today I want to talk about wine called Sauternes.  Sauternes is a white dessert wine which comes from Sauternes region in Bordeaux in France and typically made out of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle grapes in various proportions. And if you ever tasted any of the Sauternes (and if you didn’t – please do it as soon as possible), you would agree, that this is one of the few wines which can be consistently associated with pleasure, which is also proven by the fact that Chateau d’Yquem (one of the very best, Grand  producers in Sauternes) wines received a perfect score of 100 points (absolute max) from Wine Spectator literally more often that any other rated wine ( you can check for yourself at Wine Spectator web site).

Enters Haut Charmes 2007, Sauternes, France.

As with any wines from any regions,of course not all of Sauternes are created equal, and there are always ups and downs. Luckily, Haut Charmes 2007 belongs to the “up” side. This wine comes beautifully clean on the nose and palate, with white fruits like peaches, and honey being prominent in the taste, all complemented with very good minerality and acidity. The wine presents itself in a very ethereal fashion, and doesn’t leave sweet residue on the palate, which many of its cousins would do, finishing with desire to reach for the glass again and again and again. I have to also mention that rumor has it that it is declassified d’Yquem – you can find this information in a number of places on Internet, but not at the Chateau d’Yquem official web site, so we have to take it as is. With or without any relationship to the actual d’Yquem, this wine is 10-fold less expensive that the actual d’Yquem – assuming you can find it ( in one of the near future posts, I will write about wine stores I shop at, so you will learn about the right places for that). And talking about rating:

Drinkability: 8+

Make an effort – find it and try it, and then let’s talk about wine and pleasure!

  1. Emil
    August 13, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Your tasting notes are spot on 🙂 I would score it a solid 9 (92-93). One of those rare wines that manages to overcome the background noise and make you find yourself in one of those “hmm…. where you talking to me?” moments.

  2. August 13, 2010 at 11:11 am

    so for those of us who love reading your blog- but are relative wine beginners and who therefor may not be able to add a tremendous amount to the discussion…but who want to show appreciation… will you add a facebook like button to your blog!!!???

    • talkavino
      August 13, 2010 at 11:26 am

      Thanks, Kathryn!
      I’m trying to but didn’t figure out easy way so far… Added all the twitter buttons though 🙂

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