Pascaud Villefranche 2019 Sauternes: A Luxurious Elixir Wrapped in Golden Complexity
When it comes to dessert wines, there’s often a lingering sense of the cloying or overly sweet, but the 2019 Sauternes by Pascaud Villefranche transcends this stereotype. With a diligent focus on every aspect from viticulture to aging, this sumptuous liquid gold sets a new bar for complexity and longevity.
Origin: Barsac, France
Grape Varietals: 90% Sémillon Blanc, 5% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Muscadelle
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Price Point: 21 euros
Availability: Limited, select wine shops and online outlets
Affinamento: Aged 18 months in oak barriques
Harvest: Handpicked grapes with “pourriture noble” (noble rot)
On the nose, Pascaud Villefranche‘s Sauternes unfurls a rich tapestry of scents. Imagine wandering through an antique shop filled with finely crafted wooden furniture; the aroma is an elegant blend of dried fruits, with accents of vanilla and cream, topped off by a tantalizing note of honey.
On the palate, this Sauternes embraces you like a warm cashmere blanket on a crisp evening. Its texture is a striking blend of creamy and luscious, underpinned by a well-balanced acidity. Layers of flavors unfold in your mouth—first a rush of dried fruits, followed by soothing notes of vanilla and cream, and ending with an ever-so-delicate touch of honey. The finale? A finish that seems to stretch out to infinity.
Tannins and Finish
Tannins are gracefully absent, making way for the wine’s spectacular acidity and lush texture to shine. This Sauternes doesn’t say goodbye—it leaves an indelible mark, laced with flavors that invite you to ponder and savor.
The regal nature of this wine makes it an excellent match for equally lavish dishes. Imagine a creamy Saint-Marcellin or a lovely stinky blue cheese, rich foie gras, or even an apple tart Tatin. It holds its own in any setting and its resilient aging potential ensures it will be a treasured component of meals for years to come.
Considering it costs only 21 euros, Sauternes by Pascaud Villefranche is not merely a wine; it’s a tribute to the mastery of Barsac’s viticulture and the intricate art of winemaking. With its unique aging and meticulous selection of grapes affected by noble rot, it crafts a narrative of luxury and complexity in each bottle.
Fermentation: Spontaneous, in stainless steel tanks
Serving Temperature: 12-14°C (53.6-57.2°F)
Glassware: Sauternes-specific glass
Longevity: Exceptional aging potential