2001 Doisy-Védrines, Sauternes (375ml)

SKU #1008839 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Having tasted the Doisy-Vedrines 2001 on numerous occasions, I was expecting great things. Here under blind conditions – it delivered. It has always sported a wonderful bouquet with well defined citrus-driven fruit, augmented by orange blossom and barley sugar scents, hints of lemon curd in the background. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity. Orange peel and apricot abound and lead to a focused and beautifully defined tense finish that contradict this estate's tendency towards fatness and richness. This is a great Barsac from Olivier Castèja and has a bright future ahead. (NM)  (10/2014)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Lots of lemon curd and vanilla character, with hints of spices. Full-bodied, sweet and very fresh, with a spicy, honey aftertaste. A beautifully balanced Sauternes. Spicy and chunky on the finish. Best after 2008.  (9/2004)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale yellow. Exotic, expressive aromas of apricot, honey, white raisin and caramel. Superripe and moderately thick but with sound acids giving it excellent balance. Flavors of toffee, caramel, honey, grilled nuts and spicy oak. The very long finish features a superripe suggestion of marzipan but also lovely limey lift.  (8/2004)

Jancis Robinson

 Pale orange. Marzipan nose and a bit tighter and tauter than the Doisy Daëne. Just a bit more monolithic. 17.5/20 points.  (3/2011)

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