2009 Doisy-Védrines, Sauternes (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
Richly layered and detailed, but thoroughly mouthwatering, this lets lacy citrus, floral and white peach flavors meld into a core of quince, fig and persimmon fruit, while warm piecrust and honey roasted almond notes drive through the finish. Very long, with superb cut despite its power. Best from 2015 through 2032. 6,000 cases made.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep yellow-gold. Knockout nose offers sweet banana, peach, flowers, citrus, mango and plenty of spicy botrytis. Very rich, ripe and smooth, this very sweet and full Sauternes displays uncommon depth and concentration to its flavors of ripe apricot, pineapple and spices. In the typically lush and sweet style of this estate's best vintages. Finishes focused and long, with hints of apple cider and peach nectar. One of the most refined, layered and balanced versions of Dosiy-Vedrines I recall at a similar stage of development.
Barrel sample. On the dry side, showing acidity, a bitter almond character, followed by spice, creamed apples and a dry final. A weighty wine, with an edge of acidity that is not quite in balance.
*1/2 Fabulous acidity. This displays less sweetness than the Daëne. Focused. Ralph: Elegant, with lemon-honey notes. Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive late 2011 to 2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.