RELEASED 2nd May 2011 – £210/case bottles or £236/case half bottles
Bill Blatch: Always one of the thicker-styled wines, this time it is just as rich (135g/l), thick, full and quite fat, almost verging on 09 style, but then the middle fruit is finely tensile, with a fresh almost 01-level of lively acidity (4,8g/l) and finishing with excellent tightness and “grip”. Maybe the best Arche of the last 21 (The last time I fell in love as much as this with Arche was for their magnificent’89).
Decanter: 16.5/20 – Pale but with roasted undertones on the nose, less sugar than some but with the right balance of alcohol and sugar, good length, well made, one of the best ever and certainly good value for this sort of quality. Drink 2018-2030.
Neal Martin: 91-93/100 – The Chateau d’Arche has an attractive nose with subtle notes of lemon curd, almond and pear, struck through with impressive delineation and lift. The palate is medium-bodied with good weight and tension, fine focus and minerality, leading to a fresh vibrant, quite floral finish with purity and a decent (although not great) level of botrytis. This is an accomplished Sauternes from an estate that has raised its game in recent vintages.
Jancis Robinson: 16.5/20 – Drink 2018-2032. Greenish pale gold. Not much nose but obviously quite a bit of body. Dense and very rich and sweet. Quite charming. With real texture. Pastry cream. Long and just a little astringent on the finish. Medium persistence. Residual Sugar 135 g/l, Total Acidity 4.8 g/l, Alcohol 13.8%.
Wine Enthusiast: 91-93/100 – Rich more than dry, the palate offers a very spicy character, and the texture is full and unctuous.
James Suckling: 91-92/100
Tim Atkin: 91/100
Jeremy Williams: 89-91+/100 – Pale gold; fresh, wax, good; feels fresh and alive; palate racy with good acid; feels lively and not at all ponderous. Lively and nice balance. Very good.
Rene Gabriel: 18/20
Matthew Jukes: 16/20
Jane Anson: 90/100 – Yellow gold in colour. Not such purity of fruit expression on the nose, a touch more muddled on the attack. There is power here, and some lovely acidity, but it has not come together yet, definitely needs time, but I am liking the freshness, and it has excellent persistance. Drink 2018-2030.
Jean-Marc Quarin: 15.25/20