2010 Clos Haut-Peyraguey

Chateau Clos Haut Peyraguey 2009 Sauternes

Clos Haut-Peyraguey – 1st Growth Sauternes

RELEASED 11th May 2010 – £344/case bottles or £360/case half bottles

Bill Blatch: Right from the start, this has been an un-marriable wine, the individual components refusing to get on with each other in a sample bottle and seeming tight and unforthcoming at the trade tastings. So we kept going back to the barrels, especially those of the 4th picking representing the great majority of the whole and we keep finding an exquisite 89 kind of density and richness combined with an 01 kind of tension and a minerally, almost salty savorous and quite oaky fruit. Surely the barrels never lie and this could turn out to be one of the top wines of the vintage.
Decanter: 19/20 – Rich, creamy, wonderfully marked by super botrytised berries, lots of sugar but also lots of charm, comfort, purity and energy. A future classic, with an Yquem-like nobility. Drink 2020-2050.
Neal Martin: 90-92/100 – The Clos Haut Peyraguey has a tight, well-defined bouquet with subtle notes of honey, lime flower and brioche. The palate is medium-bodied with fine acidity and a tangible sense of tension, with touches of spice and lemongrass towards the finish. This is an intellectual Clos Haut Peyraguey that might surprise a few people after bottling.
Jancis Robinson: 16/20 – Drink 2018-2030.  Deep copper.  Sweet and simple.  More acidity please!  Just mass.  Seems simply sweet rather than subtly sweet.  Though there is lots of acidity and chew on the end.  Residual Sugar 128 g/l, Total Acidity 3.8 g/l, Alcohol 13.85%.
Asian Palate: 94-95/100 – The 2010 Clos Haut-Peyraguey has a fascinating nose of marmalade, candied orange peel, and honey, in a very rich, unctuous style exhibiting layer upon layer of dried tropical fruit flavours. This beautifully-crafted wine beguiles with a fantastic palate profile, capped off by a very long finish.
Wine Enthusiast: 94-96/100 – On the dry side, emphasizing the power of the botrytis, this is a concentrated wine, very rich and dense. For the long term.
Tim Atkin: 95/100
Panos Kakaviatos: 92-94/100 – Rich, yellow peach and yet very good acidity, nuanced, green tea, fine finish: very good job here.
James Suckling: 90-91/100
Jeremy Williams: 88-90+/100 – Pale gold; quite full, lacks the sophistication of some; palate bold, full and quite sweet; big wine with lots of flavour; maybe lacks a bit of zip and complexity but pretty big.
Rene Gabriel: 18/20
Matthew Jukes: 16/20
Jane Anson: 93+/100 – Rich, honeyed, buttered in colour. The nose feels a touch heavy, but have to hand it to them on the palate, there is plenty of freshness, a good rich, exotic fruit backbone of apricots, mangoe and papaya, and it ends well. Rich, certainly, but complex. Drink 2018-2030
Jean-Marc Quarin: 16.75-17/20
Chris Kissack: 16-17/20 – Residual sugar 128 g/l. Plenty of polished fruit on the nose here, and it has a richer and slightly more tropical fruit flavour to it. The palate shows some oak at the start, the density is good but the fruit doesn’t fill out the wine as well as it does in some. Still, a very fine presence in the mouth, lifted by admirable acidity. There is certainly a layer of botrytis texture here. A fine effort, very dense in the finish, and with fine length too.
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