2011 Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 500ml

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To say this wine is historic really doesn't do it justice. Consumed by royals, politicians, and celebrities for centuries, this was one of the most sought after wines in the world. Constantia was founded in 1685 by the first governor of the Cape, Simon Van der Sel, and it was one of the first wineries to be established in South Africa. The sweet dessert wine they produced, now known as "Vin de Constance", was ordered by the case by Napoleon and was a favorite of King Frederick the Great of Germany. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington were also huge fans and consumed it regularly. Constantia was so famous worldwide that it was mentioned in many notable works of literature, such as Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, Charles Dickens’ The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Baudelaire’s poetry. On top of all that, the estate was purchased by Clara Hussey de Villiers in the Roaring Twenties, and she hosted extravagant Gatsby style parties at the winery’s mansion that were known world over as being the most epic parties in the southern hemisphere. Today the estate is still in operation and known as Klein Constantia, and, of course, they still make their legendary dessert wine, "Vin de Constance." Still beloved by the who's who of society, it is often served at the dinner table of the British Royal Family. Today's version is made from Muscat de Frontignan grapes, which are picked in batches at different ripeness levels, from barely ripe to raisinated, to ensure that the wine has depth, complexity, and lots of acid to balance the residual sugar. The wine is aged for an average of 3 years in oak (60% new) before bottling to provide additional complexity and maturity. Flavors of grapefruit, marmalade, ginger, citrus, and toffee combine with a luscious mouthfeel to provide a seductive and almost spiritual experience. We have so few opportunities to taste the legendary wines of the past, so this wine should definitely make it to your bucket list.

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