Chateau Doisy Daene – Second Growth Barsac
RELEASED 24th May 2011 – £308/case bottles or £324/case half bottles
Bill Blatch: Slightly less sweet than the 09, but still just as highly-strung with a healthy acidity and above all a very vibrant tone of fresh fruit running through the sweetness. A classic Doisy Daene, all natural and tensile, that will be lovely young and probably great old.
Decanter: 18.5/20 – Super, pineapple-like nose, wonderful texture, perfect balance, very long, so pure and true to great Barsac type, with the salty element that’s so nice for appetitive consumption. Drink 2016-2040.
Jancis Robinson: 17.5/20 -Drink 2020-2036. Very pale greenish gold. Very tense. Still embryonic at the moment. In fact the acidity is rather dominant. Really gripped in there for future development. Residual Sugar 139 g/l, Total Acidity 4.05 g/l, Alcohol 13.7%.
Wine Spectator: 92-95/100 – This has power in reserve, but relies more on its acidity, with juicy tangerine, clementine, pear and mango notes laced with a hint of green almond. The finish is long, pure and fresh.
Neal Martin: 92-94/100 – Denis Dubourdieu’s Barsac cru has an attractive bouquet with subtle notes of cooking apple, pear and lime-flower, all with very fine delineation. The palate displays good weight and a fine thread of acidity, lending tension and poise that leads to a taut finish, showing good botrytis levels for the vintage. With its trademark minerality in place, this Doisy-Daene comes highly recommended.
Asian Palate:93-95/100 – The 2010 Doisy-Daëne, with its aromas of honeysuckle, sweet white blossoms and marmalade, delivers a vibrant, aromatic wine with wonderful freshness, great depth of flavour, and a honeyed sweetness that is far from cloying. Recommended.
Tim Atkin: 94/100
Panos Kakaviatos: 90-93/100 – Very nice presence. Rich, minty aspect. Good freshness, plus an added opulence that makes it special.
Jeremy Williams: 90-92/100 – Palest gold; quite waxy, fresh; cut grass and flowers; quite rich palate, sweet with some degree of unctuousness; quite good bite on the finish. Plenty of acid. Excellent as ever.
Wine Enthusiast: 88-89/100 – Delicious fruit, with pear and apricot laced with acidity and spice. The wine feels relatively light, very fresh, already delicious.
Rene Gabriel: 18/20
Matthew Jukes: 16.5/20
Jane Anson: 93-94+/100 – Lovely lively nose, rich but fresh, complex layers of mango and lime. Things are getting interesting here, totally palate tingling, excellent balance, lively and nervous, ‘fine young filly’. Drink 2018-2034.
Jean-Marc Quarin: 16.75/20
Chris Kissack: 17.5-18.5/20 – Residual sugar 139 g/l. This is beautifully expressive, showing great depth, all honeyed pineapple with cream at the moment. It has a very fine texture, with a remarkable depth, substance and grip to it. There is a botrytis concentration that totally dominates the feel in the mouth. This is all polish and substance, but with a relaxed nature that carries its grip with ease. And as we might expect from Doisy-Daëne, there is a wonderfully vibrant, crunchy, acid backbone to it as well. This is a fabulous effort.