Chateau Bastor-Lamontagne – Sauternes
RELEASED 3rd May 2011 – £164/case bottles or £180/case half bottles
Bill Blatch: Michel Garat likes to make lighter, more delicate Sauternes. This 2010, with its “mere” 108 g/l residual, has a very appealing, almost lemony brightness to it so that the overall effect is of an unacidic kind of Loire.or German. Great all-rounder wine because so light, lively and fresh.
Decanter: 16/20 – Golden colour, rich, creamy, lots of sugar (not in the normal style of the property). The alcohol level is perhaps just under the level necessary for the best balance for long ageing. Drink 2015-2030.
Jancis Robinson: 15.5/20 – Drink 2017-2027. Tasted blind 4 Apr: Simple pale gold. Fresh nose with a green vegetative thread. Then sweetness and something a little simple and barley-sugar-like. No great concentration. Very marked acidity. Residual Sugar 108 g/l, Total Acidity 3.9 g/l, Alcohol 13.8%.
Wine Enthusiast: 90-92/100 – A structured, ripe wine, full of tight botrytis character and acidity. The wine is spicy, complex, rich.
James Suckling: 90-91/100
Panos Kakaviatos: 89-91/100 – Has a nice iodine nose, mineral, medium sweet mid palate, not very complex – straight and to the point – with fine acidity that backs it up well on the medium finish.
Tim Atkin: 88/100
Jeremy Williams: 86-88/100 – Pale gold; some cream and butter but quite simple; quite full but lacks complexity; waxy, full and simple
Rene Gabriel: 17/20
Jane Anson: 88/100 – Delicate gold in colour, quite a honeyed nose. This has power, and a rich marmalade grapefruit. Could do with a touch more deftness on the finish, but real potential. Not delicate exactly, but charming. Drink 2016-2030
Matthew Jukes: 17/20
Chris Kissack: 16-17/20 – Residual sugar 108 g/l, below the vintage average but that is normal for Bastor. Bright and fresh and really citrusy. Very fresh palate too, full of citrus notes, tangerine especially, nuanced by smoke. Mildly liquorous, with a good depth on the palate. Honeyed and with a suggestion of botrytis grit to it. Rather bitter elements too, a fruit pithiness, coming into the midpalate which do detract a little though. But overall lots of good raw material here. Super effort.