2010 Château d'Arche Sauternes Sauternes Wine Tasting Note


2010 Château d'Arche  (Sauternes) 87

Very light, this is probably best served as either an aperitif or with select savory courses without a lot of weight. The wine is clean, fresh, slightly honeyed and shows some tropical fruit, honey and vanilla, but it lacks fat and depth.

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When to Drink Chateau Broustet, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau d'Arche can be enjoyed on the young side with no decanting. In fact, it is delicious and quite a treat young. Even on release! However, like all great wines, Chateau d'Arche is much better with age.

The wine does not reach full maturity until it's at least 10-15 years of age, or in some years, perhaps even longer in the best vintages! That is when the magic happens! But that is unrealistic for 99% of the world's wine drinkers. So, enjoy it at any special occasion that calls for it.

Of course the wine is sweet, but there is so much, incredible, racy acidity, the wine always feels fresh, and never cloying, which makes it quite fun to enjoy young. With Chateau d'Arche and frankly, all Sauternes, temperature is more important than decanting.

Serving Chateau d'Arche with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau d'Arche is best served at 14 degrees Celsius, 57 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The wine will naturally warm in the glass, while it develops more aromatic complexities and fleshes out.

Chateau d'Arche can be served with seafood dishes, especially shellfish, lobster, crab and oysters on the half shell. Foie gras is a perfect pairing with its natural sweet, salty and savory characteristics. Chateau d'Arche can also be paired with roasted chicken, veal and pork dishes that are either spicy, or prepared with a touch of sweetness. Spicy Asian cuisine, raw fish, like sushi or sashimi, and cheese, both hard and soft also make great pairings with Chateau d'Arche.

Chateau d'Arche is one of a handful of moderately priced, Sauternes producers that understands the need to create new markets and find younger generations of customers.

To help promote their brand, they became one of the early proponents of selling their wine in individual, 10 cl, (Centiliters) about 3.4 ounce, test tube shaped bottles, which is perfect for consumers wanting to enjoy a small glass of sweet wine. On average, Chateau d'Arche produces close to 6,500 cases of Sauternes wine per year.

The technical team at Chateau d'Arche also began to oversee the wine making and vineyard management of Clos Dady, a neighboring small Sauternes estate after it was purchased by Ilkham Ragimov.