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Strap on your seatbelts, folks. The newly arrived duo of wines from Daniel Alibrand of Domaine de L’Alliance in Sauternes is going to turn some heads and challenge anyone who thinks they’ve tasted it all! Faced with a disastrous end to the growing season in 2012 and having gambled on leaving almost all his fruit on the vine to produce Sauternes, Daniel had to figure out a creative way to make wine out of partially botrytised grapes basically overnight, because Mother Nature turned her back on him and he had to pick them as they were. They didn’t have the profile of a dry wine or a sweet wine. So he made two different wines to challenge our perceptions of dry and sweet. The aromas here are like nothing you’ve ever experienced. The exotic mango, papaya, coconut, and pineapple introduce a sweet wine—or so you think. However, it turns out to be bone-dry. You will have a lot of fun pairing this pure Semillon with a myriad of foods: Southeast Asian cuisine, egg dishes, shrimp, and scallops—just a few ideas to get your mind in gear.
|Producer:||Domaine de l'Alliance|
|Winemaker:||Valérie & Daniel Alibrand|
|Vineyard:||Average of 50 years|
|Soil:||Gravel, Clay, Sand|
|Aging:||Vinified and raised in 350-L barrels (new and one passage|
Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.