2011 : September was marvellous, with temperatures approaching heatwave levels on some days, resulting in grapes of exceptional quality. The noble rot and dry weather combined to yield magnificent concentrations of botrytis. The fruit is punchy yet well-balanced with a remarkable concentration of aromas. A great vintage of undeniable quality.
2009 : The warm, early spring was followed by a cool summer. This meant that flowering was spread out and ripening uneven. Very fine weather conditions in September and October led to the superb development of botrytis. A record number of passes in the vineyard accounts for wines of great complexity.
2008 : The marine limestone subsoil of Cérons gives this wine a nice acidity that perfectly balances concentration. The wine is tense, ethereal, with fine and elegant aromas of acacia, honey and passion fruit. Good concentration and lots of energy.
A sweet wine lighter in sugar than its neighbours Sauternes and Barsac, but as much heady. As fluid and elusive as a silhouette purchased in dream, a caress to the palate, reluctantly fleeing.
2007 : The warm, early spring was followed by a cool summer. This meant that flowering was protracted and ripening uneven. Very fine weather conditions in September and October led to the superb development of botrytis. A record number of passes in the vineyard accounts for wines of great complexity.
This is the vintage currently on the market, as the Perromat sage their sweet wines for between three and five years after harvest. But even with this longer ageing, the minerality shines through, and if you are used to drinking Sauternes, expect a more ethereal, lightweight take on botrytis rich Semillon here. For my money, there’s a touch of Tokaj going on, with burnt orange and saffron that personifies the idea of « noble bitterness », but with a subtle lemon and lime tang on the finish that lightens things up.
Notes of fruit like pineapple or mango, a hint of candied orange with spices. The wine is intense and complex, and can still be kept many years in a cellar.
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2007 was the star, combining the best of both 2008 and 2011, i twill be perfect to its 20th birthday.
2006 : After a cold winter and a heatwave in July, the month of August was very cold and September was wet, which complicated matters somewhat. It took considerable knowledge of the vineyard and careful picking plot by plot in order to harvest the botrytised grapes between showers. Five passes in the vineyards account for this wines beautifully concentrated flavours and aromas.