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

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

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

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

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

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

This is 65% Semillon and 35% Sauvignon Blanc, making this one of the most Sauvignon-dominant blends in the vintage. The nose is all apricot and orange fruit, mixed with fresh white pebbles and aThis is 65% Semillon and 35% Sauvignon Blanc, making this one of the most Sauvignon-dominant blends in the vintage. The nose is all apricot and orange fruit, mixed with fresh white pebbles and a quartzy vigour from the second of these varieties. The palate, meanwhile, has a very concentrated and sinewy presence, with mango, yellow peach and yellow plum fruit, with lots of acid and mineral elements tightly wrapped around the citrus fruit. An impressive structure, fresh, pure, focused, bright, minerally and long. Rating: 92-94 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 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

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

This is 85% Semillon and 15% Sauvignon Blanc, with a residual sugar of 124 g/l and a total acidity of 4.5 g/l. It leads with a very pure style on the nose, all minerally white peaches, apricots andThis is 85% Semillon and 15% Sauvignon Blanc, with a residual sugar of 124 g/l and a total acidity of 4.5 g/l. It leads with a very pure style on the nose, all minerally white peaches, apricots and tangerines. The palate shows a fat central core of fruit, with a lovely peach and apricot freshness, pure, bright, with yellow peach, vanilla, pineapple and pear, cut with good acidity and minerality. A fabulously vibrant, fresh and exciting style, with sweet fruit which is nicely countered by the bright acidity. Very good potential. Rating: 93-95 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.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

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

The 2017 Sigalas-Rabaud is primal and missing the same delineation as its peers on the nose. The palate is much better with intense botrytized fruit, spicier than say Suduiraut or Rayne-Vigneau andThe 2017 Sigalas-Rabaud is primal and missing the same delineation as its peers on the nose. The palate is much better with intense botrytized fruit, spicier than say Suduiraut or Rayne-Vigneau and it fans out with a sense of confidence and brio towards the finish with a dash of ginger on the aftertaste. This has great potential but it will need time to really enter its stride. Drinking range: 2022 - 2045 Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, vinous.com(May 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

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

This is very layered and beautiful with dried fruit such as lemons, apricots and cooked apples. Full body, sweet fruit and a long and flavorful finish. Tight and focused. Phenolic yet fresh. Crispy.This is very layered and beautiful with dried fruit such as lemons, apricots and cooked apples. Full body, sweet fruit and a long and flavorful finish. Tight and focused. Phenolic yet fresh. Crispy. Rating: 94-95 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 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

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

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

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Bright pineapple and white peach flavors rush forth, with a zip of tangerine running through the creamy finish. Shows lots of honeysuckle accents on the finish. Youthfully tight, but deliversBright pineapple and white peach flavors rush forth, with a zip of tangerine running through the creamy finish. Shows lots of honeysuckle accents on the finish. Youthfully tight, but delivers wonderful length. Rating: 92-95 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU DOISY VÉDRINES 2ème Cru Classé Barsac

2017 CHÂTEAU DOISY VÉDRINES 2ème Cru Classé Barsac

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

A nice, unctuous version in the making, with apricot, melon and peach flavors laced with hazelnut and almond cream notes. A flash of green tea adds intrigue.A nice, unctuous version in the making, with apricot, melon and peach flavors laced with hazelnut and almond cream notes. A flash of green tea adds intrigue. Rating: 92-95 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2018)

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