This is exquisite; one of the world's great wine experiences. Recent vintages have reached new heights. Winemaker, Matt Day has swapped notes with the winemaker from Chateau d'Yquem, Sandrine Garbay, who herself these days uses Vin de Constance as a benchmark for quality.
One certain way to make sure the evening finishes on a complete high it so serve Vin de Constance. I've witnessed this many times. If you've got 10 guests, that's £5 a head for one of the world's great wine experiences. But you can also serve it from the same bottle from one weekend to the next and it will be fine.Succesful pairings for me have been fruit tarts - like apricot, plum, or apple - fruits with a nice bit of acidity, or pear and almond. But it's also fabulous with cheese.Recently the winemaker served a 1986 with duck terrine, 2007 with crayfish, the 2012 with pork belly and the 2016 with cheese.
FROM THE PRESS
“This is really sensational as always with dried-apricot, dried-pineapple and honey character with salted nuts and hints of white syrup. It’s very sweet, yet energetic and intense. It goes on for so long. And then again. Yet, it remains balanced. A great sweet wine through and through. Drink or hold.” ”97pts, James Suckling
“'This is the most remarkable young Constance I have ever tasted (and I have seen a few!). This epic sweetie, fashioned from super-sweet Muscat de Frontignan grapes, and coming from one of the most dramatic properties in the Cape, uses a recipe handed down since the 1700s. Adored by Dickens, Baudelaire, Bronte and Napoleon, to name but a few luminaries, this inspirational wine is one of the only truly great sweet wines which tastes stunning from the off and then matures gracefully for an eternity. This means that you never have to feel guilty when you open a bottle. Winemaker Matt Day is justifiably excited about his baby, noting ‘white flowers, ripe citrus and touch of rosewater and almonds’ among his tasting notes. I didn’t write down any florid descriptors this time. I am lucky enough to have stood in this vineyard, so I simply wrote ‘pristine sunshine + perfect site = sheer heaven”Matthew Jukes
“This is just remarkable... In the mouth, this is complex and intense – almost viscous – with fresh citrus & table grape fruit, showing a bit of spice and marmalade, some peach skin and honey. The finish is endless: the purity of this wine is astonishing, but it’s not at all cloying, with some spicy phenolics adding the required detail, and a bit of alcoholic warmth. One of the world’s great sweet wines: you can cellar this with confidence”96pts, Jamie Goode