2007 Clos Haut Peyraguey, Sauternes (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1038993

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The nose is still a little muffled at the moment (as evident by the separate tries tasted from barrel.) Remaining rather yeasty and closed. Apple, a touch of honey, perhaps a little earthy at this stage. The palate is more cohesive with notes of marmalade, dried lychee, a touch of peach and orange zest. The finish is a little disjointed - certainly more towards the marmalade end of the tasting spectrum rather than peach or honey. Good acidity, full of vigour on the finish. All the components here to make a great Clos Haut-Peyraguey. Drink 2010-2025. Tasted April 2008." (04/08) 91-95 points Wine Spectator: "Impressive finish on this wine, which shows a spicy, sweet-and-sour, tropical fruit character on both nose and palate. Full-bodied, thick and racy. Lots going on." (Web '08) 90-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale yellow-gold. Tight nose suggests orange, lime and oatmeal. Juicy, spicy and penetrating, with a very intense flavor of peach. Finishes long and powerfully aromatic." (Jul/Aug '08) Please note - 2007 Bordeaux futures are not in stock, but will tentatively arrive between Jan 2010 and Dec 2010. We will contact you for shipping instructions.

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