Saturday, August 22, 2009

Cru d'Arche Pugneau Sauternes, 2003

Cru d'Arche Pugneau is an unclassified Sauternes estate, but its vineyards lie in close proximity to several big name estates--d'Yquem, Suiduiraut, Lafaurie Peyraugie and Rabaud Promis.

It's a glorious deep gold color with viscous "legs" that coat the glass. It's almost too thick to swirl. The nose offers up rich notes of apricots with their peels plus a more delicate air of spring flowers. There is a heavy dose of botrytis, creating a slightly bitter note on the palate. This wine would be better with a little bottle age, but it's still drinking nicely and is a good accompaniment for the excellent dessert--Viognier-macerated apricot and goat cheese gratin. It was the perfect choice to end the Tasters' Guild meal at Cosmo's Cucina.


  1. Interesting blog. Very unique. Have you tried Klein Constantia's Vin de Constance? One heck of an artisan wine with a great history. Thanks for the artisan guidance!

  2. No, I haven't tried Vin de Constance, Allan. But I did a quick bit of research and it looks interesting. It's a Muscat, right? But not fortified as the Australian Muscats are.