Barsac is an AOC that is just as reputable as its sister Sauterns, but it receives less media attention. It is smaller, with 10 sweet dessert Crus Classés, on a terroir of limestone. Barsac is located at the mouth of the Ciron, a small tributary of the Garonne.
Barsac's dessert wines are produced with Sémillon and Sauvignon grapes. Muscadelle is used as a complementary variety. More susceptible to noble rot than the other varieties, Sémillon's aromas are enhanced after infection.
The wines of the Barsac AOC have a characteristic full, deep mentholated nose with a warm and elegant bouquet. In the mouth, there are notes of honey, white peach, almond, oriental spices and mango or pineapple, as well as dried apricots or even toasted bread and vanilla.
These wines are exceptionally persistent in the mouth, but never become cloying. They deliver a fresh and even mentholated finish. Powerful but nervous, viscous but fresh, full but elegant: Barsac has multiple identities.
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