2013 Doisy-Daëne, Sauternes (375ml) (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1160487 93-96 points Antonio Galloni

 A model of total grace and understatement, the 2013 Doisy-Daëne is drop-dead-gorgeous. Freshly cut white flowers, mint, sweet spices, pears and lychee all meld together in the glass in an effortless, gracious wine. The soft, intensely floral, crystalline finish makes it impossible to resist a second taste. The 2013 Doisy-Daëne impresses for its superb drinkability. If I was going to buy only one moderately-priced Sauternes in 2013, Doisy-Daëne would be it.  (4/ 2014)

93-96 points Wine Spectator

 Albeit youthfully raw, this is stunning already, with gorgeous, creamed Jonagold apple, melon, pineapple and white ginger notes all melded together and backed by a long finish that drips with almond, honeysuckle and orange blossom.  (4/ 2014)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Denis Dubourdieu has a created a fine Doisy-Daene, with attractive white peach and honeysuckle on the precise bouquet, which exudes wonderful transparency. The palate is very well-defined with fine acidity, the oak deftly integrated. It gradually builds in the mouth: harmonious and refined with great composure towards the long and satisfying finish. This is one of the finest Barsac wines of the vintage. (NM)  (4/ 2014)

92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. This is a complex wine that pops with acidity, followed by an intense botrytis character and a firm, dry structure. It’s as much about richness as sweetness. The finish is delicious, with ample acidity  (3/ 2014)

90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Palish yellow-gold. High-toned but closed on the nose today, hinting at honey, lime, ginger and grilled nuts. Then quite pure and aromatic in the mouth, offering flavors of fresh citrus fruits, saffron and honey complicated by a botrytis-related smoky bitterness. Perfumed and nicely delineated on the long finish, showing lively snap thanks to zippy acidity. Lovely wine.  (6/ 2014)

Jancis Robinson

 Honeyed, viscous and fleshy. Really heavyweight, indulgent stuff. Modern, tropical fruit character -- needs matching with the richest desserts.  (4/ 2014)

James Suckling

 A wine with dried-apple and papaya character. Medium body, medium sweetness and a simple finish.  (4/ 2014)

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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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Bordeaux

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Sauternes

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