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Klein Constancia Vin de Constance 2016 (75 cl)
Muscat
South Africa

Average review score: 96,6

Decanter : 97    Vinous : 97   Suckling : 96    Jancis Robinson : 18,5   Atkin 98  Parker : 94    

A wine that I love and for good reason: I had the pleasure of tasting it at the property in a magnificent setting. It was Napoleon's favorite sweet wine and I know why.

What I particularly appreciate is that it has the richness and complexity of the very best Sauternes while being of an airy lightness thanks to an extremely powerful acid frame but which is perfectly adapted to the sugar load. Suddenly, we can come back to it over and over.

The aromas play a partition where each perfume is perfectly in its place on the olfactory scene: The heart of elder flowers supports the soloists: quince, pear, lemon, orange zest, acacia honey, raisins, fleur d ' orange tree, cinnamon, vanilla.
On the palate, the purity of the wine and the acid freshness allow you to marvel at the multiple flavors of apricot paste, orange marmalade with cinnamon, honey which are fully deployed. (F.Z)

To be enjoyed with blue cheese, pineapple carpaccio, crème brûlée or duck with orange.
 

 

Decanter : 97/100

Strikingly pure, fresh and youthful, it is almost like an "essence of Muscat". Notes of elderflower and subtle spices on the nose are complemented by a syrupy palate with citrus zest and honey, balanced by lively acidity. 2016 was a very early vintage due, in part, to El Niño, but the dry and hot season was mitigated in Constantia by the cool sea breezes and nighttime temperatures. It really takes 2-3 years to bring out the complex flavors that will make this sweet wine a memorable one for many decades to come.

Andy Howard MW - March 3, 2020
Maturity: 2023 - 2050

 

Vinous : 97/100

The Vin de Constance 2016 is aged half in French oak barrels of acacia, Hungarian oak, usual French oak. The rest, in French foudres. It presents more precision on the nose compared to the previous vintage, offering notes of acacia honey, quince, saffron and touches of elderflower in the background. The mouth is perfectly balanced with a beautiful precision, a breathtaking acid line and a disarming purity to arrive at a persistent finish. Superb.

Neal Martin - October 2019
Maturity: 2024 - 2060

 

James Suckling : 96/100

Such a surprising nose with dried peaches and limes, flowers and hot stones. Full-bodied, very smooth and powerful, with a smooth, caressing texture and a tangy and bright finish. A wonderful combination of late harvest fruit and energetic acidity. To drink or to keep. Can be drunk, but will age wonderfully.

James Suckling - December 13, 2019

 

Jancis Robinson : 18.5 / 20

100% Muscat de Frontignan. This is the first vintage of Vin de Constance to be sold by Place de Bordeaux. The 2016 vintage was earlier than expected due to El Niño which caused heat and drought to build up for the harvest, which allowed the fruits to ripen faster. It nevertheless gave berries with concentrated aromas and well-balanced acidity. Fortunately, in the Constantia Valley the vineyard received sufficient rain even during the driest seasons, and was preserved thanks to sufficient moisture in the soils, unlike some warmer parts of the country. The property was also protected from extreme heat peaks by its proximity to the ocean, with the nighttime temperatures being mostly cool, resulting in slow fermentation conditions perfect for the development of maturity while maintaining a good natural acidity. Harvest from February 25 to March 22.

Soft and fragrant on the nose. Layers of honey, acacia, sultana and earthy spices. The palate is sweet but not at all honeyed, with lively acidity and a great intensity of fruit and marmalade. Harmonious and intense, with superb purity and great liveliness. The sweet notes of raisin are enhanced by floral notes of orange blossom, cinnamon and sweet vanilla spices. Intense and long on the finish, superb! 

Tom Parker - September 18, 2019
Maturity: 2019 - 2036

 

Tim Atkin : 98/100 

More and more celebrated as one of the great sweet wines of this world, the Vin de Constance is a delight to taste. Slightly drier than the 2015 at 165 grams of sugar, it has more in common with Loire or Tokay than with Sauternes, in terms of freshness and structure. Fresh, balanced and floral, with incredible delicacy, racy acidity, fine oak and flavors of pear pie, crystallized lemons and orange zest.

Tim atkin    

 

Parker : 94/100 

Tones of apricot, dried nectarine, honey and spicy orange syrup with subtle hints of cinnamon draw attention to the nose of the Vin de Constance 2016 Natural Sweet Wine. The wine is rich and dense on the palate, it expands and unfolds, revealing itself in layers, with depth and breadth in the mid-palate. It's perfectly sweet, with the precision and balance to counteract the acidity, so you can keep drinking it all night long. The finish is long and thoughtful and continues to evolve on the palate, leaving a viscous layer, oscillating between flavors of honey, orange marmalade and apricot paste. I see blue cheese or crème brûlée as a nice match for this wine.

Anthony Mueller - March 31, 2020 
Maturity: 2020-2060

 

 

 

 

 

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