Chateau La Rame Sainte Croix du Mont 2010
A premium dessert wine made from fully botrytised (noble rot) Semillon grapes from a selection of the best parcels representing 3 ha. The old vines averaging 50 years old produce a low yield of 17 hl/ha. The “Réserve” is only produced if the vintage allows a high quality wine. After a slow press the fermentations are carried out in new french oak barrels at cellar temperature that can take 2 to 4 weeks at 20-23°C. The wine’s sugar residual after the fermentation averages 150g/l depending on the vintage. The ageing will be done in the same oak barrels of which 1/3 are new each year and will last for 18 to 24 months depending on the vintage.
Tasting Notes: A complex and concentrated nose of honey, dried apricots, subtle white flowers and hints of vanilla. After an elegant attack, the palate develops a powerful rich body that is well-balanced by the freshness. The oak is well integrated and subtle, the finish is expressive, complex and long. ideally the wine deserves 5 years cellaring before enjoying it and it will evolve elegantly over a couple of decades like a great Sauternes.