- Country: FRANCE
- Region: BORDEAUX
- Producer: LILLET
- Fortified: Yes
- Tasting Notes: Lillet Blanc is similar to sauternes. Its color is a golden, shining yellow. It is flowery with a hint of honey and aromas of candied orange, pine resin, lime and fresh mint. Its taste is fresh, bold and fruity with an appealing aroma intensity and lingering aftertaste.
- Technical Notes: Lillet is the only wine-based aperitif, a blend of 85% wine and 15% citrus liqueurs, produced in Bordeaux, France. The wines are carefully selected in the Podensac area and the citrus liqueurs are produced by cold macerating fruit peels in pure distilled spirits for several months. Following the Bordelaise tradition, Lillet is aged in oak sothat it acquires its soft and rich character. Because it is not oxidized or aromatized with herbs like vermouths, nor artificially concentrated, Lillet is a very unique product.
- Rating: Oranges, herbs and hints of flowers are pungent and balanced in the nose. Sweet on the tongue with flavors exploding into bright citrus flesh, piquant zest and earthy and aromatic herbs for balance. The finish leaves orange scented aromas lingering on the palate.
A light, breezy aperitif for white wine lovers. This golden-orange liquid has a tart apple and citrus scent, with a touch of honeysuckle behind that, and a honeyed flavor with a dry, faintly spiced finish. Light-bodied and drinkable, made even more so with the addition of lime juice and club soda. Pair with cheese or charcuterie. - K.N.
- Rating Wine Enthusiast: 93