Hand Picked Dessert Wine and Port

Hand Picked Dessert Wine and Port

Dessert Wine & Port at Hand Picked Hotels


Noble Rot or Botrytis Cinerea occurs when the grapes are left on the vine until the late autumn, allowing them to ripen and their sugars to become much more concentrated. Botrytis is a fungus which naturally develops on the skins of the grapes, caused by the additional moisture in the air with the early morning autumn mists. It feeds on some of the sugars, leading to a very highly concentrated sweet grape with high acid. This makes it ideal for producing the excellent quality natural sweet wines that Sauternes is renowned for and which are now being emulated by some of the more sophisticated winemakers of the New World.


Sauternes and Barsac 2001


Almost since the harvest was gathered in, rumours had been flying around that the white, sweet wines from Sauternes and Barsac were extremely good. But as it turns out this was a huge understatement. 2001 has produced a truly exceptional crop of hedonistic Sauternes, equalling and even surpassing the greatest vintages of the last 50 years like 1990, 1988, 1976 and 1967. Some owners and critics are heralding it as the finest vintage ever.

Hand Picked Hotels invested in these wines at the time of production and we are now delighted to offer two which are really showing their colours. Château Coutet is one of the oldest estates in Barsac and dates back at least to the 13th century. The name comes from a word for ‘knife’. The estate acted as a military centre in the 100 Years war. The wines at Château Coutet are fermented in oak barrels (of which about 1/3 are new each year). After fermentation, which ends within six weeks, the wines age in oak barrels for about 18 months. Château de Malle takes its name after te family de Malle, owner of the château in the 17th Century. In the 18th century, Jeanne de Malle married Alexandre-Entrope de Lur-Saluces. Just before the French Revolution, the oldest Lur-Saluces inherited Yquem while the youngest settled at Château de Malle.



Our Dessert wine & port collection

Bin

Botrytised wines

Price

901

Château Levant,
Sauternes,  Bordeaux, France 2009/10 (37.5cl)
Lusciously exotic with lingering flavours of peach, apricot, grapefruit and ginger.

£35.00

902

Château Coutet 1er Cru,
Sauternes-Barsac, Bordeaux, France 2001 (37.5cl)
Creamy vanilla and spice with a delicate richness building to sumptuous barley sugar and pineapple.

£40.00

904

Valdivieso Eclat Botrytised Semillon,
Curico, Chile 2011 (37.5cl)
Deep gold, honeyed palate with mouth-watering citrus fruit characters and clean finish.

£31.00

907

Graham Beck Rhona Muscadel,
Robertson, South Africa 2012 (50cl)
Perfumed with fruit, grapey aromas and sweet, floral fruit with peach and orange barley sugar notes. Clean, fresh finish.

£29.00

908

Muscat de Beaumes de Venise
Rhône, France 2012 (50cl)
Pronounced, floral, honeysuckle and musky ripe orange fruit aromas with a lovely balanced sweetness and ripe fresh Muscat grapiness.

£32.00

 

Red Stickies and Port

Bin

Red Stickies and Port

Price

911

D'Arenberg Vintage Fortified Shiraz, McLaren Vale
Australia, 2007 (37.5cl)
Rich bramble fruit lifted by spirited sweetness and a surprisingly clean finish

£29.00

915

Warres Warrior,
Douro, Portugal NV (50cl)
Velvety full body and luscious blackcurrent and cherry flavours

£37.00

916

Warres Otima 10yr old Tawny Port,
Douro, Portugal NV (50cl)
Russet crimson with a fragrant, ripe-rich bouquet. Smooth, silky texture and subtle oak balanced by a fresh acidity.

£37.00

917

Warres LBV Port,
Douro, Portugal, 2008 (50cl)
Firm and full-bodied with a ripe fruit character almost chewy tannins and a long finish.

£51.00

 


*All prices are subject to change and correct at time of  publishing. 


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Red & Rose wine

A selection of red wine from around the world with a collection of Millenium Bordeaux as its centrepiece.

 
White wine

We offer an incredible selection of wonderfully refreshing white wines from both the New and Old World wine regions.

     
Champagnes

The first Champagne circa 1740 was created by blending as many as 40 different wines together to create the wine we know today.

 
Dessert wines

Here you will find the perfect accompaniment to any dessert including some wonderfully sweet Sauternes.

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