'Even better than the 2014 release - and that was a spectacular sweet wine - the 2015 Vin de Constance is one of the greatest ever vintages of this iconic sticky. More Barsac than Sauternes in terms of weight, it's fresh and refined, a bit like the 2012, with citrus and orange zest balancing the 172 grams of sugar. The oak is perfectly judged, the length and freshness things of wonder. Drink 2019-30. 98 points.' - Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com
Rather unexpectedly we've been offered a second tranche of the 2015 Vin de Constance. This is the last thing I would have expected. Last year we had a generous allocation and only one case of 6 made it as far as the shop: demand was very strong. So for those of you who missed out on this revitalised classic of the wine world then, here is a second chance.
Born in a year of drought and devastating fire, 2015 saw some small changes in both vineyard and cellar. Newly lowered yields in the vineyard created one of the most intense vintages so far. It was the first year it had its own dedicated space and equipment in winemaking terms for handling the skin contact and slow fermentation. And this year the wine spent less time in cask than previously, making this one of the most elegant Vins de Constance ever. It is still made entirely from Muscat de Frontignan, and under the creative and detailed eye of young winemaking genius Matt Day, who quickly got to grips with both the vineyards and winemaking and has improved both.
Last chance to buy, as they say, so if you haven't been aboard this particular bandwagon before, may I heartily commend this extraordinary 200+ year old modern icon to your table and cellar. /CW
Offered subject to remaining unsold; for shipment April 2019