Sauternes and Barsac

It's always hard to generalise but the sweet wines of 2017 tend to be quite rich with a noticeable tropical tinge. Where freshness has been maintained they are very good. Sadly quite a few properties were badly effected by the frost so volumes are well down.

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2017 CHÂTEAU RIEUSSEC 1er Cru Classé Sauternes

2017 CHÂTEAU RIEUSSEC 1er Cru Classé Sauternes

Release date: 16/5/2018

The 2017 Rieussec is a killer Sauternes that shows the fresh, chiseled style of the vintage while still packing awesome fruit. Huge notes of orange blossom, honeyed citrus, mints and exotic flowersThe 2017 Rieussec is a killer Sauternes that shows the fresh, chiseled style of the vintage while still packing awesome fruit. Huge notes of orange blossom, honeyed citrus, mints and exotic flowers flow to a full-bodied, viscous 2017 that has beautiful purity, a clean, perfectly balanced texture, integrated acidity and a great finish. It’s a rockstar effort. Rating: 95-97 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU SUDUIRAUT 1er Cru Classé Sauternes

2017 CHÂTEAU SUDUIRAUT 1er Cru Classé SauternesPRIMEUR FAVOURITES

Release date: 15/5/2018

Unaffected in their top terroir by the frost that was brutal for some in Sauternes. They worked hard at Suduiraut picking over three separate harvests to ensure the best fruit was picked at theUnaffected in their top terroir by the frost that was brutal for some in Sauternes. They worked hard at Suduiraut picking over three separate harvests to ensure the best fruit was picked at the optimum moment - and have aimed to make a smaller amount of super-fine wine. This does seem to have been successful as this is one of the top sweet wines that we tasted. Here they feel 2017 ranks with the great vintages like 2013, 2007 and 2001. The Botrytis arrived on the fresh fruit rather than on the ripe fruit like in 05 and 09 - (which is when you get a particularly beefy style, richer than this.) Very pleasing this has good crunch of fresh pineapple - a clean, saline vein and a seamless rounded feel, without being fat or thick at any stage just the odd waft of butterscotch and dark creme brûlée Rating: 95 L&S(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU GUIRAUD 1er Cru Classé Sauternes

2017 CHÂTEAU GUIRAUD 1er Cru Classé Sauternes

Release date: 4/5/2018

The 2017 Guiraud has a pretty and comparatively light bouquet compared to de Fargues, missing some of the complexity demonstrated by its peers at this early stage. The palate is medium-bodied andThe 2017 Guiraud has a pretty and comparatively light bouquet compared to de Fargues, missing some of the complexity demonstrated by its peers at this early stage. The palate is medium-bodied and showing more class: viscous honeyed fruit, a touch of spice and mandarin. The finish feels elegant and quite long although it does not quite provide the riveting experience of some of the best Sauternes released this year. Drinking range: 2022 - 2042 Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, vinous.com(May 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU DOISY DAËNE 2ème Cru Classé Barsac

2017 CHÂTEAU DOISY DAËNE 2ème Cru Classé Barsac

Release date: 26/4/2018

A fresh and clean young Barsac with honey, dried mangoes and cooked apples that follow through to a medium to full body. Clean and spicy finish.A fresh and clean young Barsac with honey, dried mangoes and cooked apples that follow through to a medium to full body. Clean and spicy finish. Rating: 92-93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU SIGALAS RABAUD 1er Cru Classé Sauternes

2017 CHÂTEAU SIGALAS RABAUD 1er Cru Classé Sauternes

Release date: 24/4/2018

A fresher style with dried apples, mangoes and honey that follow through to a medium body, sweet undertones and a crisp finish.A fresher style with dried apples, mangoes and honey that follow through to a medium body, sweet undertones and a crisp finish. Rating: 89-90 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LAFAURIE PEYRAGUEY 1er Cru Classé Sauternes

2017 CHÂTEAU LAFAURIE PEYRAGUEY 1er Cru Classé Sauternes

Release date: 24/4/2018

The assemblage in this vintage is 93% Semillon, 6% Sauvignon Blanc and 1% Muscadelle, with an alcohol of 14.1%, a residual sugar of 130 g/l and a total acidity of 3.8 g/l. This is classicThe assemblage in this vintage is 93% Semillon, 6% Sauvignon Blanc and 1% Muscadelle, with an alcohol of 14.1%, a residual sugar of 130 g/l and a total acidity of 3.8 g/l. This is classic Lafaurie-Peyraguey on the nose, very pure, filled with the scent of crushed mirabelle and yellow peach, a lychee and mango freshness, but also a very fine mineral vein. The palate follows this lead, with lots of creamed mirabelle and peach fruit, vanilla flower, with a quartzy minerality and fresh acidity, as well as the bitterness of the botrytis shining through. This has brilliant poise and freshness, and should age very well indeed. Excellent potential here, but as with this vintage in a very bright, strident style. Rating: 94-96 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(May 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU LA TOUR BLANCHE 1er Cru Classé Sauternes

2017 CHÂTEAU LA TOUR BLANCHE 1er Cru Classé Sauternes

Release date: 24/4/2018

Bommes. 83% Sémillon, 12% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Muscadelle. Open and expressive with citrus, spiced pear and almond paste. Very sweet and viscous, generous, mouth-filling and still fresh. Delicious.Bommes. 83% Sémillon, 12% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Muscadelle. Open and expressive with citrus, spiced pear and almond paste. Very sweet and viscous, generous, mouth-filling and still fresh. Delicious. Drinking range: 2025 - 2040 Rating: 18 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU COUTET 1er Cru Classé Barsac

2017 CHÂTEAU COUTET 1er Cru Classé Barsac

Release date: 23/4/2018

In this vintage the blend is 75% Semillon, 23% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle, picked at a very tight 8 hl/ha from those vines at the heart of the vineyard which escaped the frost. It has a veryIn this vintage the blend is 75% Semillon, 23% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle, picked at a very tight 8 hl/ha from those vines at the heart of the vineyard which escaped the frost. It has a very pure character, all white peach and orange zest, with vanilla flower scents, and a little chalk dust. The palate has texture, weight and sweet concentration. A fresh and polished style, grippy, with real phenolic grip and pith, but with vibrant acidity and freshness. A brilliant style of fruit, fresh, bright, pure and polished, with impressive energy and vigour, with a brilliant thrust of acidity and minerality. A very impressive blend, with an incisive acid-fresh structure. Rating: 94-96 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU DOISY VÉDRINES 2ème Cru Classé Barsac

2017 CHÂTEAU DOISY VÉDRINES 2ème Cru Classé Barsac

The 2017 Doisy-Védrines, which was reduced to 6hl/ha this year, is more like Doisy-Daëne! It feels much more linear and less fatter than previous vintages, notes of apple blossom and wild honeyThe 2017 Doisy-Védrines, which was reduced to 6hl/ha this year, is more like Doisy-Daëne! It feels much more linear and less fatter than previous vintages, notes of apple blossom and wild honey gradually unfurl in the glass. The palate is well balanced with a viscous opening, a fine bead of acidity, quite energetic in the mouth with a persistent, mineral finish. I would swear this was Doisy-Daëne but this year their personalities appear swapped...at least at this early stage! Drinking range: 2022 - 2050 Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, vinous.com(May 2018)

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