Vin de Constance, Klein Constantia 2018 (50cl)

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Tasting Notes

The latest release of this remarkable wine is a continuation of the marvellous form at Klein Constantia estate.  A bottle at the end of a special meal with friends takes the evening to new heights. It speaks volumes when winemaker at Chateau d'Yquem, undisputed finest sweet wine producer in the world comments that she uses Vin de Constance as a benchmark for quality. 172g RS/l.

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Vin de Constance needs little introduction. It is one of the great wine wonders of the world, bought by European courts in the 18th and 19th century in preference to Yquem and Tokaj, immortalised by 19th century writers and poets and drunk by Napoleon to soothe his lonely exile on St Helena. 


“The 2018 vintage has otherworldly characteristics and I cannot remember a young vintage tasting so refined and demure. Light bunches and tiny Muscat de Frontignan berries underline just how unusual this vintage was and with a harvest that was a fortnight later than average and crops down by about 15%, all of these facts make sense when you taste this ethereal wine. Aged for three years in a combination of 50% new French oak barrels, a small number of acacia barrels, as well as large format foudres, this is both a sensual and also sensitive wine. For a start, the colour is incredibly pale – think a young Sancerre! But the viscosity is amazing when you pour a glass, because the liquid moves ever so slightly slower and more deliberately into the glass. The lights come on and the brain fires up immediately and it takes you by surprise just how quickly your olfactory system senses that you are in the presence of greatness. I was in a state of heightened anticipation, long before I raised the glass to my lips and the reward is exquisite.The perfume and palate combine in an astral haze of delight with orange blossom, fig, lemon verbena, wild honey and acacia notes caressing your senses. The texture is super-smooth, incredibly long and unnervingly gentle. It certainly possesses the longest finish I can remember on a Vin de Constance and I have, very fortunately, a tasted huge number of vintages of this wine. If you have never tasted this wine before, please start with this vintage – it will blow your mind. If you have and you are a fan, this is a critical purchase for your collection. I cannot wait to add this wine to my cellar later in the year. 19.5++/20 Drink now – 2070 ”
Matthew Jukes
“Exotic muscat perfume; heady blooms, potpourri, jasmine, and barley sugar. A richly-concentrated palate with underlying freshness displays dried apricots, fruit syrup, confit orange, and lychee. There are savory nutty notes on the palate too, with almonds and marzipan, and a dry, fresh, and never cloying elegance.”
Gold medal, Decanter World Wine Awards

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