2007 Clos Haut Peyraguey, Sauternes (375ml) (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1038994

95 points and an Editors' Choice, Wine Enthusiast: "A beautifully ripe wine, layered with the richest fruit, the acidity offering a bright moment within the richness. Botrytis is there, like a hard core for the pillow of ripe apricots, lychees, spice and fine freshness." (06/10) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Clos Haut Peyraguey 2007 has an expressive nose with notes of clear honey, apricot, fig and a touch of walnut: very well defined and natural. The palate is quite racy and spicy with ginger inflecting the mandarin, pear, marmalade and apricot fruit. It displays superb weight and persistency towards the finish with just a faint tang of ginger lingering on the aftertaste. Excellent. Drink now-2025." (04/10) 91-95 points Wine Spectator: "Impressive finish on this wine, which shows a spicy, sweet-and-sour, tropical fruit character on both nose and palate. Full-bodied, thick and racy. Lots going on." (Web '08) 90-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale yellow-gold. Tight nose suggests orange, lime and oatmeal. Juicy, spicy and penetrating, with a very intense flavor of peach. Finishes long and powerfully aromatic." (Jul/Aug '08)

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Varietal:

Semillon

- A rich, viscous, full-flavored but subtly-scented and botrytis-prone white grape, Sémillon reaches magical heights when infected with "noble rot" and combined with even small amounts of the aromatic and high-acid Sauvignon Blanc to make Sauternes, one of the world's most revered and longest-lived wines, and in the sweet wines of surrounding regions like Barsac. Sémillon's most famous incarnation is in the wines of Château d'Yquem, one of the world's most expensive wines, and one that has been known to evolve for centuries. It frequently dominates, but not by much, in the oak-aged whites of Bordeaux's Graves and Pessac-Léognan, creating honeyed and viscous wines that are unlike any others. Elsewhere in Bordeaux and around France it takes on a supporting role in the wines of Entre-Deux-Mers and the Médoc. While planted throughout France, Europe, California and Washington, Sémillon's role as underling usually keeps it out of the spotlight with a few winery-specific exceptions. However, the grape is allowed to shine in Australia's Hunter Valley, where it is used to make an elegant dry wine often called, perplexingly, Hunter Valley Riesling. It also makes some incredible dry, oaked wines from the Barossa and lovely stickies in the style of Sauternes.
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France

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Bordeaux

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Sauternes

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