Chateau Doisy-Védrines (2nd Growth)
RELEASED 11th May 2010 – £234/case bottles or £250/case half bottles
Bill Blatch: Although, at 145g/l residual, highly concentrated, this year the balance has shifted to a less invasive kind of sweetness, so the usual very characterful menthol and openly fresh fruit tones are less swamped and more expressive, literally exploding through the mid-palate and right into the softness of the finish. A very assertive, loud wine that really delivers the fruit.
Decanter: 18/20 – Big body, rich texture, built for long ageing, with a completely different style from Daëne: less immediate purity, more power. Two different visions of terroir but nobody would complain to try both. Drink 2020-2040.
Jancis Robinson: 17/20 – Drink 2022-2040. Mid gold. Very rich and heady on the nose. Quite exotic and interesting. Subtle and complex. Great weight and great sweetness. A freshness on the finish but green does not dominate this wine. Pear juice with a strong dose of lime juice. Residual Sugar 145 g/l, Total Acidity 3.5 g/l, Alcohol 13.65%.
Neal Martin: 91-93/100 – The Doisy-Vedrines has a refined bouquet of lemon curd, dried honey and just a touch of quince, perhaps not quite as rich as recent vintages, but very well defined. The palate is well-balanced, with a touch of lime cordial and passion fruit on the entry, and zesty acidity and impressive precision towards the taut, slightly spicy rich finish. Returning after an hour, this sample has enhanced clarity and volume, and subsequent encounters confirm a very promising Doisy-Vedrines.
Wine Spectator: 92-95/100 – Thick and spicy, with unctuous, still slightly raw-seeming layers of apricot, peach and fig. Ginger cream and green tea check in on the finish. Rather backward still, but there’s lots balled up.
Asian Palate: 92-94/100 – This fresh, vibrant 2010 Doisy-Vedrines has aromas of honeysuckle, dried apricots, and marmalade and a wonderful concentration of layered botrytis flavours. It exhibits a beautifully balanced acid-sugar tension, offering fresh acidity and a very nice length. This is another wine that will age for decades.
Wine Enthusiast: 90-92/100 – A wine that shows acidity, a tension between fruit and richness, delicately structured, very aromatic. The texture shows potential richness.
Panos Kakaviatos: 90-93/100 – Finesse and elegance, ginger spice cake on the palate, good acidity. The cellar master said that the wine is a bit more simple in 2010 compared to the 2009, more open today. I really liked this for its finesse.
James Suckling: 91-92/100
Tim Atkin: 93/100
Rene Gabriel: 19/20
Jeremy Williams: 89-91+/100 – Pale straw; some green tinges; fresh; some grass and candy; alive; feels elegant and racy; lively palate. Quite fat, sweet and full on the palate.
Matthew Jukes: 17.5/20
Jane Anson: 91-92/100 – Lovely golden hue, some delicious fresh flavours, but just a touch less balance. Still, this is clearly more of a Sauternes year that fits in with my palate, not so luscious, lighter, more energy. Lemon and orange on the finish. Drink 2018-2032
Jean-Marc Quarin: 15.75/20
Chris Kissack: 17-18/20 – Residual sugar 145 g/l. I find honeyed yellow fruit on the nose here, showing a much more delineated and correct style than the Doisy-Daëne on the nose. A very dense substance, much more fruit density then the rather crisp nose suggested. Rich, powerful, fairly liquorous, and with great acid. A very pure and golden style with defined fruit character but I can’t help preferring the more flashy, more deeply grained Doisy-Daëne. This may well show better with time though.