L’Escaloupey, AOP Cadillac, Bordeaux, France, 2010
Cadillac is one of the less well-known sweet wine appellations, along with Sainte Croix du Mont and Loupiac, on the right bank of the Garonne, opposite the more famous sweet wine appellations of Sauternes and Barsac. As with the latter, localised climatic conditions give rise to botrytis cinerea (noble rot) here too. The varieties are the same – semillon, sauvignon blanc and muscadelle, but the wines more affordable, albeit a much simpler alternative, than the expensive cousins on the left bank.
Natural cork closure, 13% abv, Lidl, £8 (early 2015)
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, medium intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with lightly high-toned botrytised aromas of light orange marmalade, ripe pineapple, warm honey, with hints of coconut and anise.
Palate – a sweet wine, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, a full body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth oily texture from the residual sugar, with a very low-key grip, with flavours of sweet marmalade and pineapple juice, and a hint of coconut. A medium (+) length with a clean ripe pineapple finish, on a low-key grip.
Quality – a good quality wine, with acidity to balance the residual sugar and alcohol, good intensity and concentration of rich botrytised flavours, but not much on the tropical front, and some complexity but nothing great, and a sparse range of flavour, though a good length and nicely cleansed palate at the end.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: ready to drink now, this wine has balance, structure and concentration of flavour to keep for 3-6 years, but will not improve.