Match of the week | French apricot tart and Cérons

Match of the week

French apricot tart and Cérons

On Saturday we celebrated the 50th wedding anniversary of some good friends - a rare occasion which deserved (and got) several splendid bottles including a magnum of Gosset Champagne and another of one of the best of our local winemakers down here in the Faugères, Domaine des Estanilles (a magnum of the 2002 Château des Estanilles which was drinking superbly)

The most interesting match though was a little known sweet Bordeaux, Cérons, a tiny appellation just next door to Sauternes and Barsac which shares many of their characteristics. This 1999 vintage of Château de Cérons was quite glorious with flavours of honey, grilled nuts and quince and an ideal match for a classic French apricot tart with almonds.

There’s a very interesting account of the area on the Bordeaux Undiscovered blog here

Château de Cérons has apparently been stocked by Templar Wines in the UK and Sams Wine & Spirits in Chicago though it doesn’t appear to be on either list at the moment.

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