The most famous and prestigious sweet white wine in the world, vines of the Appellation Sauternes Controlee
are stimulated by a unique microclime during autumn, as sunny dry weather of the day alternates with cool fog at night. Due to the extremely low yields of two to three glasses per vine, Sauternes are extraordinarily complex and intense. Offering a wide range of spell binding perfume and flavours, Sauterne develops as it ages, unravelling immensely attractive layers of honeyed characters, toasted nuts and candied fruits.
Sauternes cannot be made without the help of the providential fungus Botrytis Cinerea or Noble Rot, which concentrates juices and infuses the wine with seemingly infinite complexity. The proprietors at Le Tertre are so fond of the travails and rewards of Botrytis wine, that they have turned their entirety of their acreage to the Sauternes style. Harvesting takes place grape by grape to include only those berries which are botrytised and perfect for the purpose. Vineyards are picked over several passes among the vines at different times throughout each vintage, to apply the painstaking pruning and selection methods which are unique to the Sauternes region.
Stunning gold appearance. The initial impression on the bouquet is of honey and caramelled fruit, enticing aromas of lime blossoms, quinces, figs and toast, going on to unravel layers of complexity as the wine continues to evolve in the glass. Tertre Du Lys is powerful on the palate with delicious flavours and elegant aftertaste, fullness and balance, richness and ripe acidity.