Côteaux du Layon AOC St Aubin 2022, Domaine des Barres
Our bestselling dessert wine for a reason.
"To top a Sauternes is hard to do but this for me does this... this organic, luscious, sweet wine is so perfectly balanced with a bright acidity, that it is not at all cloying and remarkably elegant yet complex.."
Patrice Achard has perfected the art of making dessert wine and his St Aubin is no exception. Made from Chenin Blanc, in his Loire Valley domaine, he carries out three separate hand harvests to select the very best grapes. Each harvest is vinified and aged in separate casks, according not only to the harvest, but also to the plot of land where it was grown. The wine is aged on lees in chestnut barrels with weekly stirring.
Beautiful gold colour with subtle, dried pear aromas. Elegant, complex, and spicy with ginger, dried fruit and confit characters. Wonderfully harmonious wine with a dry, smooth fruit finish. An absolute marriage made in heaven with blue cheese as well as apple and pear tarts or anything with caramel!