For our 3rd CSW webinar class, the wine of the week was Sauternes, which comes from the Gironde department, Aquitaine region of France. My Sauternes was a 2011 G. Chevalier, white Bordeaux, 1st growth. It had a clear golden color with nice legs and a medium to full body. The nose was extremely intense with floral notes, minerality and honey. It was exceptionally sweet with low acidity and 13% alcohol. The palate had floral notes with peach and honey. The finish came in at around 22 seconds. This could definitely use more aging. I paired it with blue cheese, brie, French goat cheese and a baguette which worked exceptionally well. Since this Sauternes was around $10 from Trader Joes, it was an excellent buy.
Sue Schurgin is the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours and is studying for her CSW and sommelier certificates.