1997 d'Arche, Sauternes
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
My primeur observation was that: 'this has good potential to blossom by bottling'. How true! Clean, precise and elegant on the nose, white peach, honeysuckle, orange-blossom and a touch of apricot, very pretty and feminine. The palate is well balanced, very crisp with a very fine level of botrytis and an engaging purity. Apricot, white peach and citrus lemon inform the fresh, lively finish. This completely surpasses my expectations. Lovely. Drink now-2025.
Full-bodied, very sweet, thick and rich, with wonderful lemon, pineapple, honey and spice character. This is holding back, so give it time. Best after 2001.