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Chateau d'Arche (375ml) 1998

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"1998 d'Arche is showing its 10 years nicely with an intense bouquet of creme caramel, lime marmalde and candied honey. Rich, warm and generous." Peter Bourne TheWineMan

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1998 VINTAGE

90 Aromas of honey, apple and caramel, follow through to a full body. Good sweet apple, vanilla and nut finish.
Peter Bourne TheWineMan 91 Chateau d'Arche is well regarded 2nd Growth Sauternes, its wines a big step up in quality since the 1983 vintage. Its 27 hectares are planted predominately with semillon with just 10% sauvignon. Elevage is for 24 months with 30% new oak. The wine shows its 10 years bottle age nicely with intense bouquet of creme caramel, lime marmalade and candied honey. The palate is richly flavoured with a sense of "warmth", generosity and unctuousness. The texture is intensified by the, now fully integrated, oak influences, which gives a toffee almond edge of complexity to the finish. Serve with crème brulee and vanilla-infused cream.

 

Provenance - a cold European cellar

Name Château d’Arche 
Vintage 1998
Type Liquoreux / Sweet White
Appellation Sauternes
Classification 2eme Cru Classé / 2nd Growth 
Grape Varieties 90% Semillon, 10% Sauvignon
Format 375ml
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Vineyard 40 Hecatres
Average Age of Vines 45 Years
Production 3,000 Cases
Soil Gravel and silts
Winemaking Harvested 100% by hand 4-5 times in the same rows of vines at different times in order to select the most botrytised grapes.
Ageing 18 months
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‘D'Arche quality improved greatly through the 1980's. The style of the wine is very unctuous, rich fruit no doubt because of the high percentage of Semillon, but also because of the late harvesting and the proprietor's serious commitment (there are normally 7-10 passes through the vineyard to pick only those grapes that are affected by botrytis). Given the quality of the wines d'Arche are some of the most reasonably priced Sauternes.' Robert Parker

‘d'Arche has shown a great renaissance since 1983. Ideally located between Chateau Guiraud and La Tour Blanche, stylistically too the wine is a halfway house both honeyed and liquoreux and peachy; certainly one of the better second growth Sauternes.' Clive Coates MW

http://www.chateaudarche-sauternes.com/ - interesting website