I have had some very good bottles indeed of the Le Tertre du Lys D’Or, but regrettably the 2005 vintage (a very good vintage in Sauternes) is not one of them.
It is perfectly pleasant, mind you, just not particularly exceptional. Aromatics of oranges and honey. The acid on the palate seemed a little lower than usual for Sauternes and the expression of apricots and honey a touch simple. It has some length, but the overall balance is a little, but not problematically, cloying I suspect due to the lower apparent acid profile. This is a wine that I would certainly drink, but would not necessarily seek out. I’ve given it an acceptable to good rating on the basis that the intrinsic quality of the wine is still of a good standard, but I just don’t think it is more than that, at least in this moment of time. Acceptable to Good
Price: $25 (half bottle)
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