- Nick's Import
2016 Chateau Bastor-Lamontagne (375ml)
Rather forward, with a fruity mix of tinned pineapple, glazed peach and apricot juice notes. Open-knit feel through the finish.-J.M.
This is wonderfully fresh, not in fact that rich but beautifully fragrant and complex wine. In the second tasting, a fresh ginger aspect is more evident. I can really see the improvement in this estate since the Cathiard's winemaking team have come on board, bringing acidity, tension and purity. 80% Sémillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc.
Pretty density but not that rich on the palate. Medium body, sweet fruit and a medium finish.
This wine has sweetness and a honeyed character, but it is the rich botrytized fruit that allows it to have depth and density. The ample acidity lends balance to the palate and refreshment to the finish.
Orchard fruit, lemon confit and white flowers are all nicely lifted in the 2016 Bastor-Lamontagne. Gracious and airy in style, as it usually is, the 2016 Bastor is one of the more delicate Sauternes readers will come across in 2016.