So this is an exceptional wine, made from late-harvested Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley that were naturally affected by the Botrytis cinerea fungus. Shining yellow gold in color with on the nose sweet, ripe quince, lemon custard, peaches, honeysuckle and nutmeg. Medium-bodied with an oily, viscous mouth-feel showcasing on the palate multiple layers of fruits and spices such as candied quince, lemon curd, apricots peaches, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg with medium-plus acidity as well as notes spicy vanilla and caramel rising on the long and luscious finish. Incredible, one of the 2-3 best dessert wines I've had. 13% Abv. 95-96
Enormously concentrated. Loaded with apricots, orange peel, polishing wax, botrytis, butterscotch and caramel. Beside the sweetness there is good acidity to balance it. Has an enormous length. Have one more bottle and no hurry at all.
I heard about this bottle and when I saw it available in a wine store, I could not help myself and had to pick up a bottle. The wine is a 375ml bottle and is worth every penny that I paid for it.
I must say that if I was told this was made from Chenin grapes, without seeing the bottle, I would have laughed at the person telling me. No way, this wine is pure botrytis and is all about sauterne to me. NOPE! This is a Chenin wine and is begging for some foie gras and blue cheese (not at the same time if you eat kosher)!
The nose on this dark colored wine screams with intense honey, honeysuckle, peach, apricot, ripe summer fruits, dried fruits, and tea. The mouth on this full bodied wine is richly layered with crazy sweet funk, followed by acid, more sweet summer fruits, honeyed notes, a body that keeps on giving with depth and concentration and a viscous body that is mind blowing with an acidic core that does not stop! BRAVO! The finish is long and sweet with a density, citrus, a drop of orange peel, and nectarine jam covered with vanilla. Truly an honor to have enjoyed this wine with my friends! BRAVO!!!
Quite a deep gold yellow, almost Amber. Lovely nose filled with honey, tropical fruits and spiced tea. Palate is as intense with similar flavour profiles. There is a lingering hint of bitterness in the end palate. Acidity appeared lower compared to previous bottle drank 4 years ago.
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(Chateau de Fesles Bonnezeaux) Rich and golden in appearance. The nose here carries a wealth of open and lavish aromas, notes of oranges, biscuits and caramel, all spiced with nuances of honey, lavender and thyme. The palate is sweet and viscous, yet well framed with acidity, giving it a polished and rounded feel with an appealing, slightly bitter grip at the edges. There are elements of macaroons, with nuts and orange caramel in the midpalate, all leading into a rich and heady finish. Just like the 1996, this is very, very long. A superb wine; for me it just pips the 1996 today.
(Château de Fesles Bonnezeaux) A glorious orange-gold hue in the glass. The nose is redolent of oranges and creamy caramel, rich with nuances of almond tuile, quince and creamed fruit. On the palate it has massive flesh, a really weighty character, sweet but also nicely framed and packaged, the grip and acid building towards the finish, although never usurping the rich, sweet fruit. A very supple, rich and sweet midpalate, this is nevertheless well-formed, with some savoury elements, and no shortage of energy. Overall I find this to be a truly engaging wine with some structural elements that are both bitter and savoury providing a real contrast to the marrowy flesh, an effect only exacerbated by the wine's incredibly long finish.