Chateau d'Arche Sauternes 24 2003
Tons of honeysuckle, apple, white peach flavors. Balanced acidity. From aroma to first sip to mid-palate to finish, this wine just keeps giving. Savor every moment of complexity. Highly recommended, if you can find it. Also rated 92pts WS March 31, 2006 issue.
Great value in a sauternes, rich apricot dominates.
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Stained Labels- Closeout!The Grand Cru Classe Château d'Arche is located in the very heart of its 77 acre vineyard, on the small hills surrounding the town of Sauternes. Its unique location allows it to benefit from particularly favorable weather conditions and enables the development of Botrytis Cinerea or “Noble Rot”, an essential element for the production of outstanding Sauternes wines. The soil is gravel with some clay and limestone. The vines average 45 years of age which is very important because the old vine heads produce less fruit, so grape bunches have space between the berries which helps the growth of Botrytis. The vineyard is 90% Semillon, 9% Sauvignon Blanc and 1% Muscadelle. Grapes are all hand picked and only Botrytis affected grapes are selected. After fermentation the wine matures 18 months in oak barrels. 2003 was an excellent vintage for Sauternes. Robert Parker noted: "The 2003s appear to be somewhat in the style of the 1990s, with high levels of residual sugar (higher than 2001 for the most part) as well as botrytis, low acidity, and fat, full-bodied personalities...readers who like the big, flamboyant, over the top style of the 1990s will enjoy the 2003s..." The 2003 D'Arche is a rich, sugary wine with notes of orange marmalade, melon, vanilla and ginger. Enjoy it now or cellar it for 10 or more years. This is a wine that will continue to develop over a very long period of time. It's ideal with blue cheeses, pates, Asian cuisine and of course dessert favorites like creme brulee. Wine Advocate Vintage Rating: 95 <small>This item excluded from any other discounts or offers beyond the 15% case discount <small>not sponsored by or affiliated with The Wine Spectator or The Wine Advocate</small>