2011 Doisy-Védrines, Sauternes (375ml) (Previously $25.00)

SKU #1172079 95-97 points Wine Enthusiast

 A gorgeous wine that offers a firm, botrytis character, with aromas of spice, apple and orange zest. It’s powerful and meant for long aging.  (5/2012)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted blind at the Sauternes 2011 horizontal tasting. The Château Doisy-Védrines 2011 has a very fragrant, almost floral bouquet with pure honey, quince and yellow flower scents that soar from the glass and embrace you like your favourite aunt. The palate is medium-bodied with a viscous texture and superb acidity that really set this Sauternes alight: real tension and a sense of energy here. It just “flows” toward a vibrant, honeyed finish that has only just begun to “motor." This surpasses its showing from barrel and constitutes a magnificent effort from Olivier Castèja and his team. (NM)  (2/2015)

95 points Wine Spectator

 *Smart Buys, Ranked #18 in the Top 100 of 2014* Pure, with piercing persimmon, pineapple, white peach and quince flavors.Gorgeous floral notes of honeysuckle and orange blossom form the backdrop, while a heather accent caresses the finish. Overwhelmingly pure in the end, with a finish that sails on and on. Best from 2016 through 2035.  (3/2014)

94 points James Suckling

 A white with peaches, honey and lemon-curd character. Caramel, too. Full body, medium-sweet with a fresh, clean finish. Lots of mineral undertones and lightly toasted oak. Needs five to six years to come together. Intensely sweet in the finish. Try in 2019.  (1/2014)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright golden straw-yellow. Pear, peach, mango and flowers on the enticing, lively nose. Intensely flavored, fresh and sweet, offering lovely penetration and definition to the ripe white stone fruit, lime oil and floral flavors. Really stains the palate while retaining a light touch on the finish, which hints at soil and coconut. This strikes me as more vibrant and less opulent than some past vintages of this wine, which I had found somewhat heavy. (ID)  (7/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 Intense and notably spicy aroma. Oily spice. So full of orange and apricot and lots of botrytis richness and intensity but freshness to match. Beautifully balanced. Showed much better than en primeur – likely to be good value. (18/20 points)  (1/2015)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2015 | Send Email
A gorgeous wine that offers a firm, botrytis character, with aromas of spice, apple and orange zest. It’s powerful and meant for long aging.
Drink from 2015 to 2025

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