2010 Secret de Biac by Chateau de Biac, Cadillac, Bordeaux
This is a naturally fermented sweet wine by Chateau de Biac.
But with 103 grams per litre of residual sugar, on paper, it’s not overly sweet.
Many wines from neighboring such as Sauternes or Barsac, and many Cadillac wines are well over 200 or even 250 grams per litre!
Made with 100% Semillon grapes harvested while they were affected by boble rot (Botrytis), the wine was after fementation aged for 16 months in French oak barrels.
A delicious Botrytis wine that smells like blond raisins, fresh pear, ripe fig, and milky almond. The palate is full but not too sweet, resonating with a mushroomy and elegant Botrytis bitterness.
The palate is filled with floral notes of rose petals and jasmine. There’s a blurry strawberry feel to it: the straw in a hay-like expression AND the berry with fragrant surprisingly red-fruity tones.
The whole feels refined and super-elegant for a Botrytis wine. The sweetness is restrained, making it feel more like an off-dry wine than a sweet one.
The aromas and flavors, despite being clean and extroverted, have a finesse in their expression and their freshness that make the wine feel very elegant and refined.
Like a ballerina in an enchanting ballet: light, precise, sharp, and not allowing herself to be heavy. Yet she’s expressive and communicative.