2002 Didier Dagueneau "Silex" Pouilly-Fumé

SKU #1006954 95 points Wine Spectator

 The aromas of white flowers, fresh earth and straw plume from the glass like chalk dust, while the taut, racy palate provides flint-driven citrus, herb, smoke and lime flavors that just won't quit. Amazing precision and cut on the finish. A pure classic.  (8/2004)

Jancis Robinson

 Fermentation in 500- and 600-litre demi-muids, also 600-litre cigares. 25% new oak, 25% 1 year old, 25% 2 year old. Aged in oak and tank. Fabulous aroma, honeyed quince and cedar. Creamy and honeyed on the palate but just the most incredible balance on the palate between fruit intensity and tertiary complexity. Deep and long and so fresh it is almost tart on the finish but the flavours are sufficiently deep and long that the whole is in magnificent balance. (19/20 points, JH)  (11/2015)

K&L Notes

In 2002, Dagueneau had a small crop with sugar and acidity in perfect balance. The Silex is barrel fermented and barrel aged, and is made from 35- to 60-year old vines planted in silex- (silica) rich soil. This is Sauvignon Blanc at its best.

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