2011 Clos Haut-Peyraguey, Sauternes
Spice from new wood and the superripe, botrytized fruit show strongly in this powerful, impressive wine. It has weight, structure and intensity. It will surely age for many years.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The fabulous Clos Haut Peyraguey has a slightly pinched nose that unwinds nicely in the glass to reveal a patina of mineral-rich, lightly botrytized fruit almost pixellated in clarity. The palate is medium-bodied with a waxy texture upon the entry. It is very harmonious, although at this early stage the creamy new oak is just a little dominant and detracts from its tension. However, I am convinced that this will be fully assimilated by the time of bottling and the complexity and harmony of this Sauternes cannot be avoided. I would afford it more bottle age than other Sauternes. Drink 2016-2030+. (NM)
A bold, rich style, with gorgeous creamed peach and apricot notes up front, while persimmon, quince and green fig accents hang in the background. Lovely coconut and macadamia nut details frame the finish. Very long and pretty. Best from 2016 through 2030.
Very attractive dried apple, cream and toffee character. Full body, medium sweet and a spicy finish.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(6.3 g/l total acidity; 147 g/l residual sugar): Bright golden yellow. Reticent but pure aromas of apricot, honey, orange jam and white flowers. Plump on the palate, but with a firm core of acidity and strong oaky character currently camouflaging the apricot nectar and marzipan flavors. This will need a few years in bottle to harmonize, but displays sound underlying structure and finishes with good length. It's a little ungiving presently, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.