2009 Doisy-Daëne, Sauternes

SKU #1114557 93-95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Honeyed and spice, with lots of nutmeg, a wine that is packed with flavors, lychee in character, defiantly rich and spicy.  (4/ 2010)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 94+ points. The 2009 Doisy-Daene was spectacular out of barrel, however it has never quite reached those ethereal heights in bottle. Perhaps this rich, generous vintage did not quite suit the crisp, tense style of Denis Dubourdieu’s Barsac? Compared to others in this blind tasting, it comes across as more muted on the nose with scents of beeswax, marmalade and lanolin, though the Sauvignon Blanc is very expressive. The palate is very well-balanced on the entry with crisp acidity cutting through the viscous texture. The finish is rounded in the mouth, offering attractive notes of lemon sherbet and orange essence. Everything is very 'contained' at the moment, although the tension suggests that it should age well. I suspect this will need a decade before it really blossoms. Drink 2020-2040.  (2/ 2013)

91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (a blend of 87% semillon and 13% sauvignon; 14% alcohol; 130 g/l r.s.; pH 3.85) Full yellow-gold color Flamboyant aromas of apricot, candied lemon peel, pear juice, ginger and smoky oak. Glyceral, fat and exotic, with tropical fruit, honey and spice flavors of great richness. If anything, this gained in texture and concentration as it opened in the glass, displaying emerging hints of wasabe and vanillin oak. Finishes wonderfully pure, spicy and long, with compelling sweetness.  (5/ 2010)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Quite high-pitched now, with lots of green plum and green almond notes laced with bright honeysuckle and heather. The background shows more lemon shortbread, grapefruit pâte de fruit and persimmon, while the finish offsets the sweetness with a lively quinine note. Distinctive, but will need time to come together. Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Best from 2015 through 2030.  (3/ 2012)

K&L Notes

** Very polished. Excellent balance. Some coconut and pineapple aromas and flavors. Superb texture and mouthfeel. Ralph: Also elegant and spicy.

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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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Sauternes

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