2011 de Myrat, Sauternes (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1092434 93-95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Rich fruit flavors of spiced orange are layered into its structure. With a smooth texture and fine balance, it is opulent, crisp and dense. A wine for long-term aging.  (4/ 2012)

92-95 points Wine Spectator

 Ripe and well-endowed, with youthfully raw apricot, peach and orange notes still knitting together, liberally laced with almond cream and ginger. Powerful finish.  (4/ 2012)

93-94 points James Suckling

 Intense character of dried apricots, pineapples and honey follow through to a full body, very sweet and spicy. Oily texture. A cross between the outstanding 2001 and 2003.  (4/ 2012)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 de Myrat offers a lightly honeyed but very pure bouquet with subtle tropical notes and satisfactory levels of botrytized fruit. It is actually reminiscent of a top Doisy-Vedrines. The palate has a ripe, sorbet-like sweetness on the entry with notes of blood orange and apricot, while the finish is composed, with crisp acidity imparting tension and precision, and a residual tang of Clementine lingering in the mouth. Xavier Pontac has overseen a very fine de Myrat that will be worth seeking out after bottling. Drink: 2014-2025.  (4/ 2012)

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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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