2009 Doisy-Védrines, Sauternes

SKU #1083773 95 points Vinous

 The 2009 Doisy-Védrines has a gorgeous bouquet with passion fruit, quince, beeswax and light figgy aromas that are well defined and gain intensity with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with a fine bead of acidity that cuts through the pure botrytised fruit and leads to a gorgeous viscous finish. Olivier Castèja made a fabulous Barsac this year. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting. (NM)  (3/2019)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Richly layered and detailed, but thoroughly mouthwatering, this lets lacy citrus, floral and white peach flavors meld into a core of quince, fig and persimmon fruit, while warm piecrust and honey roasted almond notes drive through the finish. Very long, with superb cut despite its power. Best from 2015 through 2032. *Highly Recommended* (JM)  (3/2012)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Pale gold colored, the 2009 Doisy-Vedrines is sporting a nose of stewed tea, fresh hay, tree bark and dried apricots with touches of candied walnuts and ginger ale. The fruit is maturing into a nutty/savory character in the mouth with a lively backbone, finishing spicy. (LPB)  (3/2019)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Quite closed up, this wine has weight and intensity that will give concentration to the potentially ripe flavors of apricots, mandarin oranges and a twist of lemon zest. All of these flavors are integrated with the developing honeyed richness. (RV)  (2/2013)

92 points James Suckling

 Thick and fruity with creme brulee and honey, with dried fruit character. Full body, very sweet and round with a long finish.  (5/2013)

K&L Notes

*1/2 Fabulous acidity. This displays less sweetness than the Daëne. Focused. Ralph: Elegant, with lemon-honey notes.

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