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!

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