Sauternes and Stickies

One of life's great pleasures is to complement the dessert course, or a rich pâté with a sweet wine. Try any of these wines with your cheeses or sweets this Christmas.

Bottles  
Vin Santo del Chianti £17.99
Chateau Jany Sauternes 2010                   £19.99
Mouton Cadet Reserve Sauternes                  £23.99
Chateau Petit Vedrines Barsac 2010                  £26.00
Carmes de Rieussec 2007 Sauternes     £31.99
Chateau Lafaurie Peyraguey 2009 Sauternes £47.50
Chateau d'Yquem 1986 Sauternes              £595.00
Chateau d'Yquem 2010 Sauternes                      £850.00
   
Half Bottles  
Concha Y Toro Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc Chile        £5.49
Brown Brothers Special Late Harves Orange Muscat & Flora £8.99
Le Petit Guiraud Sauternes 2011            £11.99
Peter Lehmann Botrytis Semillon Australia                                  £11.99
Essencia Orange Muscat California                                                   £11.99
Elysium Black Muscat California                                                  £12.70
Banyuls M. Chapoutier 2013 (50cl) (Red)                                          £15.99
Tokajabor- Bene Tokaji 5 Puttonyos 2002 (50cl) Hungary                     £16.99
Cloudy Bay Late Harvest 2007 New Zealand                                       £21.99
Baileys Rare Old Topaque Australia             £22.99
Chateau Lafaurie Peyraguey Sauternes 2002                                    £29.99
Dr L Riesling Ice Wine Washington State                                        £35.49
Vin De Constance 2008 (50cl) South Africa £40.99
Pelee Island Ice wine 2007 Canada                                                      £45.99


Sauternes is a French dessert wine from the Sauternes region in Bordeaux. Made from Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle grapes affected by noble rot, Sauternes are concentrated and distinctively flavoured wines.
There are five communes – Barsac, Sauternes, Bommes, Fargues and Preignac, with Barsac wine distinguished from other Sauternes by being drier with a lighter body.
Australian dessert wines or ‘stickies’ are intensely flavoured white wines, deep gold in colour with bouquets of dried apricots, rich sweet flavour and a sharp acidic finish. Their intense flavour means they’re often sold in half bottles. They contain a delicate, acidic balance and are a sensational accompaniment to fruit desserts, or blue or soft cheeses.
Since the 1960s, California's dessert and fortified wines have dramatically improved. Beringer was one of the first to create wine from Sauvignon blanc and Semillon grapes that are regularly harvested and introduced to Botrytis cinerea spores in a laboratory. Several French and Italian style Muscat wines are produced throughout California. They’re known for their intense aromatics and balanced acidity.