2006 Doisy-Védrines, Sauternes

SKU #1044812

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "A richly liquorous wine, ripe and packed with harmonious sweet textures. At the same time over the ripe structure there is a layer of lively lemon, spice and ginger, spiked with fresh tangerines. The end result is smooth, balanced and vibrant." (03/09) 90 points Stephen Tanzer: "Bright yellow-gold. Good citrus zest lift to the aromas of apricot, orange peel, marzipan and honey. Smooth, sweet and nicely concentrated, with a tactile, chewy quality to the honey and orange blossom flavors. With aeration, this showed a building fruit salad component. A moderately unctuous midweight, with good balancing acidity providing freshness. Spreads out nicely on the lingering finish." (Jun 09) K&L's notes - At Joanne-spicy aromas and flavor. Fine balance. At UGC-a fatter style with fine depth and length. Clean acidity. Very good as usual. *1/2

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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/8/2011  | Send Email
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The ’06 vintage was not great for Sauternes due to heat and other climatic conditions, but properties who took the time to crop and leaf thin to attain ripe, pure grape fruit made some excellent wine, and this includes Doisy-Védrines. There is a lack of botrytis in this vintage, and with this wine, but it is still wonderfully rich, honeysuckled, succulent and thick on the palate. The nose is perfumed and distinctive, with ripe floral notes and a butterscotch set of aromatics. All the guys have told me that this will be our house sweetie for the month. 13.5% ABV. (Jim Barr)
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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.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Sauternes

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