2013 Doisy-Daëne, Sauternes

SKU #1271051 93-96 points Vinous

 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. (AG)  (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. (RV)  (3/2014)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Plump and forward, this delivers peach, nectarine and candied lemon peel notes gilded with lots of honeysuckle and heather. A flash of bitter almond helps streamline everything through the racy finish. Best from 2017 through 2027. (JM)  (1/2016)

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. (ID)  (6/2014)

90 points Decanter

 Decanter average score: 90 Elegant apple and apricot nose, with some honey and oak in the background. The palate is waxy with well-integrated oak and some floral notes. Has a persistent finish despite modest acidity.  (1/2016)

Jancis Robinson

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

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