Chateau Caillou 2009 En Primeur Sauternes
Chateau Caillou – Second Growth Barsac
Bill Blatch: Freshness and fragrance are the hallmarks of this quite little-known wine this year. Although very sweet for the château (130 g/l), and although the weight of the wine is quite fat, the aromatics are its strong point, passion-fruit, oranges, even a touch of citrus. So the ensemble is lively and fine and has real style, for medium term drinking.
Wine Spectator – 92-95pts: Lemon peel, spices and honey on the nose. Full-bodied, with a dense yet elegant structure. Medium sweet, with a spicy finish. Stylish. Very well done.
Wine Advocate – 90-92pts: The 2009 Caillou is a little oaky on the nose at the moment, a little subdued due to necessary sulphur additions. However, the palate is well balanced, with a good attack on the entry with orange zest, apricot and white peach, good weight and tension with apricot lingering for 30 seconds after.
Jancis Robinson – 16.5+ pts: Paler and less limpid than most. Lightly floral on the nose. Then pretty weighty on the palate – a bit of a sleeping giant perhaps? Very big and quite sweet but still relatively featureless. Drink 2018-2030.
Wine Enthusiast 90-92 pts: A rich, toffee aroma introduces a wine that’s definitely sweet, with caramel and baked apple flavors. It is ripe, freshened by acidity, but generally richly sweet.
Decanter – 16.5 pts: Richer botrytis than Broustet, great balance between sugar and acidity, strong sense of origin, with the citrus elements from the chalky subsoil, real breed, excellent aftertaste, the best here for many, many years!
All prices are £ per case In Bond UK. Wines are currently in barrel and will be bottled and shipped from 2012 after which either in bond storage, in bond delivery or duty paid delivery (including VAT) charges will be invoiced at 2012 rates.
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