Château Laville Château Laville Sauternes Review
There was a creaminess and a complexity that floated around my mouth with this viscous wine. The orange/tangerine marmalade dream was accompanied by butterscotch and honey.
Wine review by: Jessyca Frederick |
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About this Wine
Wine: 2019 Château Laville Sauternes
Blend: 85% Sémillon, 13% Sauvignon Blanc, 2% Muscadelle
Region: Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
Retail price: $44
Wine Access price: $44
Decanter score: 97 points (Decanter World Wine Awards)
I consumed it: March 2023
My source: The Decanter Magazine Wine Club by Wine Access
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From this winery: Château Laville
Grape variety or blend: White blends
Other characteristics: Dessert wine
Château Laville Sauternes: What I think
Sauternes can be expensive (the most expensive wine ever sold in the world is from Château d’Yquem). Dessert wine feels unapproachable (who wants to drink something made from a fungus called “the noble rot?”). And yet, for the bold lover of wine adventure, Sauternes can be an affordable luxury to delight the senses and boggle the mind.
Case in point, this 2019 Château Laville. Just wow. From the moment we opened this bottle containing orange-colored and even orange-smelling wine (not the same as the “orange wine” fad), I knew we were in for something different. The nose was sweet (expected, given the region) and I could smell oxidation (expected, given the color), along with something floral, and petrol.
There was a creaminess and a complexity that floated around my mouth with this viscous wine. Eventually the source of the orange nose was sussed out — bitter orange marmalade. The orange/tangerine marmalade dream was accompanied by butterscotch and honey.
Sometimes when I receive great wines from Wine Access, I wish I received two of each — one to sample now (because that’s my job) and one to lay down for later so I can learn how these amazing selections evolve. This was definitely one of those wines.
Last updated: August 3, 2023
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