Chateau Petit vedrines 2008If you plan to treat yourself once this week then make it a bottle of sweet wine from Sauternes in SE Bordeaux.  Sweet botrytised grapes (that have undergone a form of rotting whilst still on the vine which we refer to as noble rot) appear in nearly all wine shops and supermarkets but are very under-bought by the masses.  This is crazy as the depth of flavours are often out of this world.

This evening I have been drinking a Chateau Petit Vedrines 2008, Sauternes from Jeroboams in London.  It is relatively young but absolutely perfect with some Saint Agur blue cheese and Ryvita.  These wines are more versatile than they get credit for.  We often refer to them as "pudding wines" but they can also make great aperitifs as well.

The colour is very golden and rich.  It is an alluring drink that when you pour it in the glass you'll see that the glycerol grips the sides leaving a film coating (or "legs").  Dip your nose into the liquid and inhale deeply savouring as much as you can becuase more than likely there will be a shock of pleasure wafting over your senses.

This is made from a Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend and has hints of honeyed tropical fruit, a little apricot and underlying whiff of kerosene.  It is a perfect wine for cutting through the fat of the cheese, complimenting the flavours and inspiring a massive amount of "I want another glass"ism.

The best advice is look along the shelves of sweet wines in your local supermarket and pick one out from Sauternes, Barsac, Fargues, Preignac or Bommes.  These villages are situated at the extreme end of the Graves region in SE Bordeaux up the Garonne river.

Call a friend to come over and ensure the wine is chilled.  Perhaps treat yourself to some tasty blue cheese or fine paté.  That'll get you started.  From here you can go on to sample sweet wines from as far field Greece, Hungary, Moldova, Australia, the Americas... and so on...


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