2017 Château Clos Haut-Peyraguey Sauternes Wine Tasting Note

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2017 Château Clos Haut-Peyraguey  (Sauternes) 93

Sweet honeyed tropical fruit, vanilla and honeysuckle with a touch of candied citrus peel invites you get into the wine a little deeper. The acidity is there to liven up all the honeyed tropical fruits.

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Honey, banana, vanilla, apricots and – did I sense a Hawaiian fruit plate? A tropical bakery? Sweet ingenuity is all over the place here. The wine is voluminous with a clean lift in the energetic, apricot confection of a finish.

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Clos Haut Peyraguey Sauternes Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

When to Drink Clos Haut Peyraguey, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Clos Haut Peyraguey 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 Clos Haut Peyraguey is much better with age, and does not reach full maturity until it's between 12-30 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 Clos Haut Peyraguey and frankly, all Sauternes, temperature is more important than decanting.

Serving Clos Haut Peyraguey with Wine and Food Pairings

Clos Haut Peyraguey 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.

Clos Haut Peyraguey 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. Clos Haut Peyraguey 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 Clos Haut Peyraguey.

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