Bordeaux White: Cerons

The Ciron River provides much of the moisture for pourriture noble in the appellations of Sauternes, Barsac, and Cérons as it winds through those vineyards. The soil is gravelly-sandy and is located on the northern side of the Barsac-Sauternes appellations. The same grapes are used as the more famous neighbors: Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle, and they are picked only when affected by the noble rot through successive pickings to ensure the maximum concentration of sugar. Lower yields are also maintained here, about 20% lower than the comparable whites. Although not as sweet or concentrated as the Sauternes or Barsac wines, the Cérons represent an incredible value.

All of the sweet wines of Bordeaux are centered around the Ciron River, a tributary of the Garonne, because it creates a special micro-climate. Leafy trees shade the cold water of this tiny river and the misty autumn mornings are favorable for the production of noble rot. This grows on the grape skins at perfect maturity and concentrates the grape sugars without making the skins burst, resulting in a grape must at pressing that is very concentrated.

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    This Cérons is pale gold in color (which deepens with age), with a nose of flowers, vanilla, apricots, peaches and preserved white fruits. Fairly well concentrated with good balancing acidity, it may be consumed young with fish and white meats, or as an aperitif or fruit desserts. It could be left to age in a cool cellar and increase in complexity for five to ten years. You might find it goes well also as an aperitif with dishes that include walnuts and or blue cheese.

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