2016 Doisy-Védrines, Sauternes (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1299166 93-95 points Wine Enthusiast

 This almost dry wine is full of botrytized fruit tones. Well balanced, it is likely to turn into a rich, dense wine as it matures, with ample acidity that shines on the finish. *Barrel Sample* (RV)  (4/2017)

92-95 points Wine Spectator

 This has good energy for the vintage, with a range of tangerine, clementine, peach and pineapple flavors showing nice definition through the finish. (JM, Web only-2017)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Doisy-Vedrines was tasted on three occasions. The first, the sample seemed a little subdued, although two further encounters attest to a fine Barsac. The aromatics do not quite convey the sophistication of the Doisy-Daene, yet there is purity here, attractive dried honey and quince-like aromas, perhaps with the flair of the 2015 last year. The palate is well balanced and more refined than the Doisy-Vedrines of the past, a trend I have noticed in recent vintages. It gains plenty of weight towards the finish, delivering enticing honey, tangerine and light apricot notes with satisfying persistence. Good potential here. (NM)  (4/2017)

90-93 points Vinous

 The 2016 Doisy-Védrines is precise, understated and gracious. Candied orange peel, crème brulee, wild flowers, passion fruit and tangerine are all delineated nicely. The 2016 is deep and resonant on the palate, yet it also retains quite a bit of brightness. Readers who prefer the more understated side of Sauternes will find much to admire. (AG)  (4/2017)

91-92 points James Suckling

 Tangy and fruity with a honey and lemon-rind character. Lots of orange peel, too. Medium to full body and a sweet finish.  (4/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 Blossomy nose. Open and broad with lots of charm even if not that much subtlety. Medium weight. Easy to like. Straightforward. 16.5/20  (4/2017)

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/1/2017 | Send Email
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Always a K&L favorite.Plenty of citrus on the nose and palate. Perfectly balanced. Some lingering pineapple flavors.
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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/29/2017 | Send Email
Tasted the first week in April this seemed cleaner and more precise than many of its peers with an acid freshness that lifts the finish. The tropical flavors are intense more than flamboyant and there is a linear quality that speaks of great potential.

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2017 | Send Email
Always reliable, and consistently one of the best values in Barsac. While perhaps just a step or two behind the best of the recent vintages from here - 2011 and 2014 come to mind - this is very good. Honeyed and rich with brighter notes of candied citrus peel and lovely botrytis development. A notable effort.

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