2014 Clos Haut-Peyraguey, Sauternes (Pre-Arrival)
This is really dense and powerful with loads of dried botrytis fruits and flavors. Full body, medium sweetness and a long finish. Impressive.
Barrel Sample. Opulent honey notes dominate the flavor of this super-rich wine. A dry core of botrytis gives an almost mineral character to the wine. Full bodied, a blend of apricot and crisp pear notes are generous and concentrated. (RV)
Unctuous pineapple, nectarine and mango flavors pump along, backed by good ginger and orange zest notes. Solidly built. (JM)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Château Clos Haut-Peyraguey 2014 is a blend of 95% Sémillon and 5% Sauvignon Blanc picked between 16 September and 25 October. Michel Rolland actually told me that Bernard Magrez had insisted he oversee the wine himself despite Michel's protesting that Sauternes was not his area of expertise. Well, this is a damn fine Sauternes. It has captivating purity on the nose with that Sémillon in full flight, almost Climens-like in style. The palate is unctuous on the entry, the acidity nice judged, perhaps just a tad straight-laced on the finish but very pure and sensual. This is a very fine Clos Haut Peyraguey that could surpass recent vintages. (NM)
Bernard Magrez's 2014 Haut-Peyraguey is round, seamless and polished throughout. There is lovely density in the glass to match the exuberant flavors. Orange peel, mint, sweet flowers and cinnamon flesh out in a Sauternes that is quite voluptuous and oily on the palate, but never heavy. A long, silky finish laced with coconut and floral overtones rounds things out in this stylish, extroverted Sauternes. (AG)