Chateau Doisy-Vedrines 2009 En Primeur Barsac
Chateau Doisy-Védrines (2nd Growth)
Bill Blatch: The feature of this wine is clearly its menthol-fresh brightness and spring flowers aromas. Probably all this comes, rather like at La Tour Blanche, partly from the particularly fresh nature of the 15% Sauvignon, partly from the soil structure. At 140 g/l, the wine is certainly very rich and this sweetness almost – but doesn’t quite – smother these fine aromas. So the wine is a combination of extreme fragrance with quite extreme concentration: rich yet fresh, strong yet gentle.
Wine Spectator – Score 92-95pts: Shows lots of lemon pie and almond spice, with hints of bitter lemon. Full-bodied, with a nutmeg and honey finish. Racy.
Decanter –16.5 pts : The opposite style (as always) of Barsac than Doisy-Daëne, slightly less pale, heavier pear and apricot aromas, rounder, more oily texture, great length too, less harmonious finish but great stuff for the ageing.
Jancis Robinson – 15.5pts: Pale straw. Rather simple sweet aromas. And a bit of alcohol on the finish. Pear drops rather than pear juice – not a good trade. Definitely one of the less complex 2009 sweet white Bordeaux. Fades a bit fast. Drink 2015-2025
Wine Advocate 92-94pts: This is comparatively timid on the nose, giving very little away at the moment despite rigorous coaxing. But the palate is very promising, very well balanced, very focused with a fine citrus attack on the entry, fanning out towards an apricot, white peach and lime tinged finish that shows a great deal of unctuous honeyed fruit on the finish. This is an exuberant Doisy-Vedrines that yearns to offer pleasure.
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