Clos Haut-Peyraguey – 1st Growth Sauternes
Bill Blatch: This just has to go down as one of the great successes of the vintage. Just to check, I tasted it blind against the Second Growths and its superiority shone out; then against other Firsts, and its combination of lush concentration and an elegant ‘lift’ put it right there at the top. At a quite moderate 136 g/l of residual, and an alcohol and acidity that are almost identical to the ’07, this is the kind of “nervous” balance that many larger estates would maybe have preferred to achieve this year. In that, it is one of the few wines to resemble the ’01, and is maybe even superior.
Decanter 18 points : Noble aromas, very precise rendition of a great harvest, more on the orange or grapefruit side than in the white fruit direction, as superb as we expect from this excellent source.
Jancis Robinson – 17.5 points: Not much definition on the nose though a hint of botrytis. Very rich and with a definite structure. Hot end. Sort of medium quality but not the most expressive. Drink 2018-2030
Wine Spectator – 93-96 points: Full-bodied and medium sweet, with apple pie, honey and cream flavors. Long and intense. Very well done.
Wine Advocate – 91-93 points: The nose is surprisingly taciturn at the moment, taking time to unfurl and reluctantly offering some light honeyed, white flower aromas. The palate is medium-bodied, very well defined, quite minerally with dried apricot, honey, nectarine and a touch of lemon curd. It would benefit from more weight and intensity towards the finish, but it has good length and finesse, gaining weight all the time with aeration.
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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