Didier Dagueneau Les Jardins de Babylone Moelleux 2012
In 2002 Didier Dagueneau embarked on his journey to produce sweet wine. He sought out an area that in his opinion, was not fully realizing its potential, and landed in Babylone at the foot of the Pyrenees south of Pau. Here, just outside of the village of Aubertin, he found a few hectares located in a natural ampitheatre facing a spectacular panorama of mountains. The vines were in good shape and it took only minor changes in the vineyards for Dagueneau and the Petit Manseng varietal to adapt to one another. Dagueneau's approach, and one that continues to be followed by his son at the winery, was to produce wines that bring out the natural minerality of the soil and have, above all else, balance, harmony, and longevity. Rich apricot and peach notes are in evidence here, with nuances of caramel and citrus fruits. Amazing viscosity is supported by vibrant acidity too.