2010 Doisy-Daëne "Extravagant" Sauternes (375ml) (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1070352 95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 With 12.2% alcohol and 212 gms residual sugar, the L'Extravagant de Doisy-Daene consists of 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Semillion. It has a very taut, controlled bouquet that (pardon the expression) is less extravagant than recent vintages, but is beautifully defined with touches of kiwi fruit, green apple and limestone. The palate is mellifluous on the entry, struck through with brilliant acidity, lending it such tension and freshness that is in tune with the vintage. Denis hopes to have nine barrels of this fabulous Barsac.  (5/2011)

97 points Wine Spectator

 Features thoroughly beguiling notes of liquefied persimmon, heather honey, white peach, Bosc pear, tangerine chiffon and lemon shortbread, all seamlessly moving through the stunningly long finish. Shows beautiful clarity, focus and superior cut. This will outlive many of us. Best from 2015 through 2050.  (3/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Made every year except 2008 and 1997-1999 inclusive...For Semillon, certain berries carefully selected at the rate of one basket filled per hour - in the middle of the vintage, not successive tries. The Sauvignon Blanc fruit for L'Extravagant comes from special low-yielding parcels. Usually the fruit comes from the second trie. Very sweet and unctuous. There is also freshness and confidence here, and lots of structure. Very pure and lively...Drink 2020-2035.  (4/2011)

K&L Notes

50% Sauvignon Blanc, 50% Semillion.

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