Chateau Doisy Daene 2009 En Primeur Sauternes
Chateau Doisy Daene – Second Growth Barsac
Bill Blatch: Denis Dubourdieu considers this vintage to be the finest produced by him, his father and has grandfather! He is a great proponent of the preservation of fine fresh botrytis fruit flavour and usually eschews any excess sweetness that he considers may smother it. This year, however, he has found a much sweeter balance, at 155 g/l residual, but this in no way compromises the freshness of the spring flower aromas and white peach fruitiness (there is little of the usual dried apricots this year) and it is all balanced by a quite high acidity (4.5 g/l). the result is an unusually sweet but very complete and complex wine that will certainly age for ever.
Wine Advocate – 96-98pts: Denis Dubourdieu has provided one of the genuine stars of the vintage with the Chateau Doisy-Daene, two, if you count his Extravagance. This has a very fragrant nose with apple blossom, lime leaf and a touch of honey. Very fresh and lifted…spring-like. The palate is very well balanced, not a powerful Sauternes but ethereally poised and focused, skipping blithely to an animated pear, honeysuckle and apricot finish. Very pretty, very complete and very outstanding.
Wine Spectator – 90-93 Points: Intense aromas of dried citrus fruit and honey follow through to a full body. Medium sweet, thick and layered, with sliced cooked apple notes and a delicate spicy finish.
Jancis Robinson – 18 Points: Streak of green to the pale gold. Rich, lip-smacking and satisfying on the nose. Very big and bold, like pear juice fermented by a wizard. Lovely stuff. Lots of bracing structure as well as all the richness. Very long. Drink 2018-2035
Decanter – 17 Points: Refined complex aromas, very deft (as usual) rendering of the aromatic complexity of the berries, long, intense, pure, wonderful balance between richness and elegance.
Wine Enthusiast – 91-93 Points: Dry and concentrated, this is a powerful wine with great swathes of dry botrytis cutting through the fruit. A wine that, at this stage, shows power and density.
All prices are £ per case of 12 x 75cl bottles 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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