Sweet Wines

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.

Domaine des Forges, Coteaux du Layon, 1er Cru Chaume, Les Onnis, 2016

From a steep, grassed vineyard beside Quarts de Chaume and near the river, so open to botrytis;...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionLoire

ColourWhite

ABV11.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeFOR216

GrapeChenin Blanc

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HALF Araldica, Palazzina Moscato Passito, 2014

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HALF Araldica, Palazzina Moscato Passito, 2014

From dried grapes and aged in wood: oranges, candied fruits and caramel with a lively lick of...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginItaly

RegionPiedmont

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Half Bottle37.5cl

CodeARA314

GrapeMuscat

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La Haute Borie, Monbazillac, 2014

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La Haute Borie, Monbazillac, 2014

Organically farmed and certified: 60% Semillon, 30% Muscadelle and 10% Sauvignon Blanc, all...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionSouth-West

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeHBO114

GrapeSemillon

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Donnhoff, Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle, Riesling Auslese Goldcap, Half Bottle, 2011
Jancis Robinson

Entrancing, expansive aromas; tropical fruit and honeyed botrytis. Such sweet, ripe fruit,...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginGermany

RegionNahe

ColourWhite

ABV8.5%

Bottle37.5cl

CodeDON411

GrapeRiesling

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Chateau Barrejat, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh, Moelleux 2018

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Chateau Barrejat, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh, Moelleux 2018

In the medium dry, "Moelleux" style, a gloriously exotic aperitif, or a rich...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionSouth-West

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAJ718

GrapeGros Manseng

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Mascaron, Sauternes, 2015 (50cl)

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Mascaron, Sauternes, 2015 (50cl)

90% Sémillon, 6% Sauvignon Blanc, 4% Muscadelle skillfully sourced by Ginestet from a Cru...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle50cl

CodeMPG215

GrapeSemillon

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Begali, Recioto della Valpolicella, 2015 [50cl]

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Begali, Recioto della Valpolicella, 2015 [50cl]

Red Recioto della Valpolicella is made after careful late picking of ripe bunches (of Corvina...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionVeneto

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle50cl

CodeBEF615

GrapeCorvina

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Carmes de Rieussec, Sauternes, 2011

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Carmes de Rieussec, Sauternes, 2011

The second wine of Château Rieussec, named after the Carmes de Langon monks who owned the...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCMR111

GrapeSemillon Sauvignon

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HALF Rustenberg, Straw Wine, Coastal Region, 2019

From 81.5% Chenin Blanc and 18.5% Viognier dried on straw in the Italian passito manner to...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCoastal Region

ColourWhite

ABV9.5%

Bottle37.5cl

CodeRUS919

GrapeChenin Blanc & Viognier

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Corte Mainente, Recioto di Soave, Luna Nova, 2018, Half

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Corte Mainente, Recioto di Soave, Luna Nova, 2018, Half

This Recioto di Soave is made from bunches of a selection of the first picked - for the best...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginItaly

RegionVeneto

ColourWhite

ABV15%

Half Bottle37.5cl

CodeMAI618

GrapeGargenega

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Broustet, Barsac-Sauternes, 2013

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Broustet, Barsac-Sauternes, 2013

This Deuxième Grand Cru Classé estate is on the up: Seville oranges, dried apricots and...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBRO113

GrapeSemillon

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HALF Balassa, Tokaj, Mézes-Mály, Zeta Late Harvest, Hungary, 2013

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HALF Balassa, Tokaj, Mézes-Mály, Zeta Late Harvest, Hungary, 2013

We couldn't resist buying a pile of this amazing sweet Tokay. From a star producer, just...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginHungary

RegionTokaj

ColourWhite

ABV9%

Half Bottle37.5cl

CodeBAM313

GrapeZeta

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