Sweet

Sweet Wines


Here at SVS we love sweet wine, and there’s no old-fashioned snobbish disdain here for wines with engaging sweetness.


Our own taste is for sweet wines which retain enough acidity not to be simply cloying. For example we continue to champion wines from the Loire, where late harvest Chenin Blancs can be intensely sweet yet with enough balancing acidity to last for decades. Alongside these we will always offer a selection from Bordeaux and south-west France, plus examples from Italy, Austria, South Africa and Australia.


Note that there are numerous delicious medium-dry or demi-sec styles - for example Alsace Vendange Tardive, German Auslese or demi-sec Vouvray which are not rich enough to be served as sweet wines acompanying a pudding but which make fine aperitifs or accompaniments to cheese and light fruit desserts.

Please do note the bottle sizes of sweet wines which range from halves via 50cls. (2/3 of a bottle) to full bottles.

Sweet

  • Domaine Sylvain Gaudron, Vouvray, Grain d’Or, 1er Tri, 2010

    Product Code: GAU410

    Domaine Sylvain Gaudron, Vouvray, Grain d’Or, 1er Tri, 2010

    “Very late picked, a selection of individual grapes affected by noble rot. This mid-gold coloured wine with 115g/l residual sugar is...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Loire Valley
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 50cl
    • ABV: 11.5%
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  • La Haute Borie, Monbazillac, 2013

    Product Code: HBO113

    La Haute Borie, Monbazillac, 2013

    “This would be double the price if it had Sauternes on the label! 60% Semillon, 30% Muscadelle and 10% Sauvignon Blanc, all from old vines, and 1/3 in...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet, Rich

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: South-West
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Château Barrejat, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh, 2017

    Product Code: BAJ717

    Château Barrejat, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh, 2017

    “Not a dessert wine, rather a gloriously exotic aperitif or one of the best wines to accompany foie gras or any rich liver pâté, or indeed a wine to...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Sweet

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: South-West
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Château Barrejat, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh, Cuvée de la Passion, 2016

    Product Code: BAJ806

    Château Barrejat, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh, Cuvée de la Passion, 2016

    “From Petit Manseng picked in one pass through the vines on the 15th of November; and then given about six months in oak.”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: South-West
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 50cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Mascaron, Sauternes, 2015

    Product Code: MPG215

    Mascaron, Sauternes, 2015

    “90% Sémillon, 6% Sauvignon Blanc, 4% Muscadelle skillfully sourced by Ginestet from a Cru Classé property. Fully sweet and rich pudding wine with a...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Bordeaux
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 50cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Château Pierre-Bise, Quarts de Chaume, 2006

    Product Code: CPB206

    Château Pierre-Bise, Quarts de Chaume, 2006

    “We were offered a small parcel of this eleven year old wine, from the Quarts de Chaume (literally the best quarter of the village of Chaume), along...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Loire Valley
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 50cl
    • ABV: 11%
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  • Begali, Recioto della Valpolicella, 2012 [50cl]

    Product Code: BEF612

    Begali, Recioto della Valpolicella, 2012 [50cl]

    “Red Recioto della Valpolicella is made after careful late picking of ripe bunches (of Corvina and Rondinella grapes), which are then left to...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet, Rich

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Veneto
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 50cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Corte Mainente, Recioto di Soave, Luna Nova, 2016, Half

    Product Code: MAI616

    Corte Mainente, Recioto di Soave, Luna Nova, 2016, Half

    “"Great apple-skin aroma. Masses of sweetness and enough acidity. Grainy texture. Lovely with a fruit dessert but probably too fresh for...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Veneto
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 37.5cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • D’Oliveira 10 year Sweet, Madeira 50cl

    Product Code: DOL10YS50

    D’Oliveira 10 year Sweet, Madeira 50cl

    “From Tinta Negra, a dark, luscious, toffee-flavoured nectar - finishes with a flourish. Bring on some fruit-cake. Now-2020”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Portugal
    • Region: Madeira
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 50cl
    • ABV: 19%
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  • Broustet, Barsac-Sauternes, 2013

    Product Code: BRO113

    Broustet, Barsac-Sauternes, 2013

    “This Deuxième Grand Cru Classé estate is on the up: Seville oranges, dried apricots and barley sugar. "Sweet, creamy tropical fruit aromas. A...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Bordeaux
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Balassa, Tokaj, Mézes-Mály, Zeta Late Harvest, Hungary, 2013 (Half)

    Product Code: BAM313

    Balassa, Tokaj, Mézes-Mály, Zeta Late Harvest, Hungary, 2013 (Half)

    “We couldn’t resist buying a pile of this amazing sweet Tokay. From a star producer, just 1040 bottles were made from the Zeta grape, picked very...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Hungary
    • Region: Tokaj
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 37.5cl
    • ABV: 9%
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  • Kikelet, Tokaji, Late Harvest, 2011 [50cl.]

    Product Code: KIK111

    Kikelet, Tokaji, Late Harvest, 2011 [50cl.]

    “Kesöi Szuretelésu it says on the label - translated as late harvest. This is a beautifully balanced, fully sweet (70 grams per litre of residual...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Hungary
    • Region: Tokaj
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 50cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Talosa, Vin Santo di Montepulciano, Italy, 1995

    Product Code: TAK895

    Talosa, Vin Santo di Montepulciano, Italy, 1995

    “From a careful selection of the best Trebbiano, Malvasia and Grechetto grapes picked in early October and dried for about four months before long...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Montepulciano
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 37.5cl
    • ABV: 14%
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