1989 Doisy-Védrines, Sauternes

SKU #970018 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Copper-edged golden-straw. Superripe aromas of damp earth, chocolate and apricot; shows Tokaj-like qualities. Fat, sweet and deep, with almost exotic ripeness in the mouth. Honeyed and very ripe. Gives an almost saline impression of extract. Finishes very long, with a note of burnt sugar. Got better and better in the open bottle. Lovely balance.  (7/1998)

91 points Wine Spectator

 This subtle white grows on you, showing lovely tropical, toasted coconut and lemon flavors that blend together harmoniously on the intense, long, sweet finish.  (4/1995)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Medium gold-colored, with botrytis, creme brulee, honeyed tropical fruits in the nose, this full-bodied, sweet wine possesses good acidity, layers of glycerin-imbued, plump, chewy, honeyed fruit, and plenty of spice and alcohol in the lusty finish. It is a luxuriously made, in-your-face style of sweet wine.  (10/1998)

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Staff Image By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2013 | Send Email
Shows lovely development after 24 years. A dark, golden amber color, it is still sweet, but the palate shows more candied-dried fruits and a rich hint of caramel. Get out the foie gras, soft white cheeses and the pudding!

By: Kurt Shanaman | Review Date: 10/26/2013
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Another valiant effort from Doisy! A fruit bomb of Orange marmalade, pears, pineapple and a thick concentrated syrup! This is what dessert should be-Yummy. A super duper Sauterne and absolutely a must buy for any lover of Semillion. This is perfectly aged and ready to drink now. Wines like this don't last for this price for long. A real treat!
Drink from 2013 to 2018

By: Rick 3Chopsticks Wong | Review Date: 10/7/2013
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I read Mr Sands' and Mr Beffa's reviews a lot and have found their opinions to be wine gospel. Especially on Bordeaux. I remembered reading that Mr Sands wrote once about an exceptional sauternes blind tasting and that all 12 of the tasters including himself pegged this the best and thought it would be d'Yquem. Well, having had this 1989 Doisy Vedrines I believe him. Simply perfect and I don't care that other vintages may have higher scores. This and the 1990 are far and away the best. The 2009 and 2010 may equal as time passes. A very high bar has been set. Best sauternes value as classics go.

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