Famille Meslier, no 010750, 13.5%
Got to sip this tasty juice last night!
It smelled like apricots, botrytis and orange zest, tasted so fresh with really vibrant acidity, and a real sleeper too-- still young-tasting despite the age!
In an unusual and perhaps unfair twist of history this chateau remains unclassified. At the time of the major historic classification the wines weren't mature enough to be rated or included in the big exhibition. From 1850 when M. Raymond-Lafon founded the estate until 1972 the chateau changed owners several times and had some ups, but many downs (phylloxera, oidium, family tragedy, global depression). In 1972 Pierre Messlier (the manager at Chateau d'Yquem) bought Raymond-Lafon and whipped it into shape and by the late 1970s some seriously good Sauternes hit the market. Vineyard plantings are currently 80% semillon-20% sauvignon blanc, a ratio that roughly reflects the blend in the bottle. natural yeasts, stainless ferment, about 3 years in oak.