Chateau Filhot 2009 En Primeur Sauternes
Chateau Filhot – 2nd Growth Sauterne
Bill Blatch: Gabriel de Vaucelles claims to have produced a very similar wine to his famed ’90 Certainly the analysis is the same: (13°8 alcohol, 140 g/l residual and 4.0 g/l total acidity). However, whereas the ’90 had a certain roasted quality to the fruit, the ’09 is fresher, and has a very pronounced mineral flavour that keeps it tighter amidst all the very strong concentration.
Decanter –16 Points : The best young sample ever (the property was famous for giving poor and unbalanced ones), evident change of style with better and more focused fruit, long apricot finish, rich and delicious.
Wine Spectator – Score 89-92: Shows some botrytis spice and dried fruit character on the nose. Full-bodied, very sweet and thick, with a dense, almost syrupy finish. Excellent for Filhot.
Jancis Robinson – 16.5pts: A slightly green streak in the gold. Nice tingle. Sweet, somehow ‘liquid gold’ nose. Very big and bold. But without much definition and finesse at the moment. Still, it should please people, and may not need that long to do so. Molten. Just a bit of jagged acidity at the moment. Drink 2016-2030
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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