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Les Vignes de l'Arque Saveur d'Automne 2016 Pays d'Oc (50cl)

(Code: ARQUE/SAV/16)
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Les Vignes de l'Arque Saveur d'Automne 2016 Pays d'Oc (50cl)
Vintage
2016
 
Region Pays d'Oc, near to Uzès, in the Gard
Colour/Style Sweet white dessert - full bodied. Late harvest, oak aged
Grapes 100% Viognier
Alcohol (a.b.v)
16.0%
Food Sweet puddings, fruit, soft cheese, foie gras
Next day 
How about next week? Lasts for ages in the fridge
Drink Great now, but will evolve to 2022 and beyond

Clear, pale straw colour, with orange glints. A delightfully intense, perfumed nose, with complex fruit and floral aromas including apricot, orange, fresh grapes, honey, root ginger, turkish delight and a subtle note of oak vanillin. The flavours are somewhere between moelleux and full-on doux, but the inherent richness of the super-ripe, late-harvested fruit (as the name of the wine suggests) is countered by cracking acidity and perhaps even a touch of grape tannin. There is a core of rich, ripe, densely concentrated peach and apricot fruit, with notes of lime oil, preserved root ginger and just a touch of spicy warmth, whilst the very long finish offers a final flourish of tropical fruit and candied citrus. The oak is beautifully judged and integrates seamlessly with the fruit, making for a wine of considerable complexity. Although it is dangerously more-ish, a little actually goes a long way. Whatever, this wine is perfectly capable of sitting in the fridge for a good many days after opening, during which it just gets better and better. A simply exceptional, exquisite, naturally sweet (i.e. not fortified) Viognier.