The term 'vendage tardives' basically means 'late-picked', so this is another sweet, dessert style from the legendary Louis Sipp. Aromas of poached lychees, ginger spice and guava decorate the nose, whilst the palate is much lighter than the SGNs (Selection Grains Noble), with flavours of tropical fruits and spice, a talcy texture, bright acidity, and a lush, Turkish delight-like finish. This would be great with blue cheese or a chocolate brownie.
A wine with a beautiful golden yellow colour. Powerful, elegant and fine on the nose, with hints of botrytis (honey, exotic fruits), spices (cloves) and tropical fruit (mango). Mellow, rich and ample on the palate with a s freshness typical from the 2006 vintage and from the chalk present in the soil. A lasting quality built on substance, something which only old vines are able to produce.
This wine may be consumed on a variety of occasions, such as receptions or other social events. It will suffice even without food. Of course, foie gras does accompany it superbly, but also Asiatic cooking, strong cheeses (like Roquefort, Stilton, Munster...) and sweet deserts, especially those with chocolates.
May be consumed immediately, but would benefit greatly from a few extra years of conservation to allow it to express its richness and the complexity of its aromas. The hints of spice would thus become more intense and better developed.
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Louis Sipp Gewurztraminer Osterberg Grand Cru Vendage Tardives