Made from a blend of petit and gros manseng, courbu and arrufiac, this sweet-style white is a pretty little thing showing inviting smells of honeyed stone fruits and citrus zest. The palate is sweet, but there is some nice cleansing, lemony acidity that means it's not syrupy, so you could drink it as a party starter, or have a glass with your chicken liver pate and crackers.
Bright straw colour. The nose has ripe fruit characteristics of citrus and quince with favours of vanilla and cocoa. The wine has great balance, freshness and acidity so that it is not cloying at all. The complex ripe fruit characters are then taken over by the fresh acidity which cleans up the palette (and makes you wish for some more!)
Although in Australia we would label this as a dessert wine, it is really quite versatile. The French would serve it as an apertif. Traditionally it would also be served with foie gras or a sheep milks cheese (perhaps from the Pyrenees!). The producer says "wonderful with desert based on cream and fruit". Yes Birthday Cake!
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Saint Albert Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh Sweet White Blend (500ml)