Always a good buy at the price. This has many admirable qualities: orange blossom perfume, tangerine juiciness, rich toasty oak, and nice length. CP
The 2016 D'Arche has a perfumed and quite floral bouquet with attractive, clean and pure botrytised fruit. The palate is fresh and vibrant with crisp acidity, orange zest and fresh apricot infusing the citrus fruit with a detailed, energetic finish that zips across the mouth. This is excellent. Drink Date 2022 - 2050
Liquorice nose. Lots of simple sweetness. Correct with marked acidity and some sherbet quality. Very slightly sugary. Drink 2020-2027
Rich, sticky and fragrant marmalade and burnt orange slices here, without being cloying. I would prefer another notch of freshness, but this is a rich botrytis style that maintains its elegance.
Ch d'Arche is a second growth Sauternes and the vineyards are close to the village of Sauternes itself, not far from La Tour Blanche, Guiraud and Yquem! Chateau d'Arche produces 90% Semillon and a mere 10% Sauvignon Blanc resulting in a rich, mouth-filling style of wine. The wines are very well mdae and also good value for money.
It is not an exaggeration to say that these are the greatest sweet wines in the world. They are the result of a serendipitous marriage of grape variety, location, annual weather conditions and human care and determination. The vineyards are located on the banks of the cool spring-fed Ciron river which, in autumn, flows into the warmer tidal Garonne and creates rolling evening mists which clothe the vines until the afternoon sun burns them off the following day. This cycle creates perfect conditions for the development of botrytis cinerea or noble rot, and the resulting grape juice is a super concentrated sweet, ambrosial nectar which makes the most heavenly and complex wines with extraordinary ability to age. In 1855 the wines were classified into first and second growths, with Ch d'Yquem rightly receivingits own super status of premier grand cru. Other stunning wines include Chx Sudiraut, Rieussec, Coutet and Climens. While seductively fragrant and sweet when young, if you can bear to wait, you will be amply rewarded with lusciously rich, exotically complex wine.