Chateau d’Arche 2009 En Primeur Sauternes
Chateau d’Arche – 2nd Growth Sauternes
Bill Blatch: This château always makes a lush style of Sauternes, and the 2009 is no exception. The mouth-feel is soft and unctuous – without being heavy – and is accompanied by a minty fragrance to the fruit that also balances such lushness. In fact, it is not all that sweet, it just appears that way, and also has a nice touch of acidity that offsets the sweetness. This is a very refreshing d’Arche, with similar purety of flavour and opulence of structure as their ’05 – and a far cry from the rather roasted, spicey – though excellent – wines of yore.
Jancis Robinson – 17 Points: Quite deep gold. Nervy nose with quite a bit of botrytis. Very big and generous and opulent with notes of toast and honey. Very sweet indeed. Perhaps this wonderful impression is simply because this is the first Sauternes I have tasted? It does fall of a tiny bit towards the end – not quite as concentrated on the finish. But it’s pretty damned impressive! Just that surprisingly fast fade prevents a higher mark. Well mannered. Hint of pepper. Drink 2016-2030.
Wine Spectator – Score 91-94: Intense apple pie and lime aromas follow through to a full body. Medium sweet, with a spicy botrytis finish. Offers lots of subtle character.
Decanter –16.5 Points: Pale, pure, delicate lanolin Semillon aromas, very ripe botrytis evident, long, but not as complex and refined as some neighbours. One of the best, ever, however.
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