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

This is very focused and an intense with so much spice and dried lemon character with cloves and dry mushroom too. Full body and very sweet yet finishes dry and spice. Harmonious and great. This is very focused and an intense with so much spice and dried lemon character with cloves and dry mushroom too. Full body and very sweet yet finishes dry and spice. Harmonious and great. Rating: 97-98 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2018)

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2017 CHÂTEAU SUDUIRAUT 1er Cru Classé Sauternes

2017 CHÂTEAU SUDUIRAUT 1er Cru Classé Sauternes PRIMEUR 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 the 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 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 a 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 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

The 2017 Château Doisy Daëne is a seriously decadent, thick, opulent beauty that packs serious sweetness in its canned peach, lime peel, and exotic tropical fruit aromas and flavors. While it’s a big The 2017 Château Doisy Daëne is a seriously decadent, thick, opulent beauty that packs serious sweetness in its canned peach, lime peel, and exotic tropical fruit aromas and flavors. While it’s a big wine, it has terrific balance, good density and concentration, and a huge finish. It’s a potential blockbuster Barsac that’s going to have a long life. Rating: 93-97 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.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

This is 95% Semillon and 5% Sauvignon Blanc. The vines here seemed to escape the frost, and yields were good. This barrel sample has a very bright, pure and defined character, leading with scents of This is 95% Semillon and 5% Sauvignon Blanc. The vines here seemed to escape the frost, and yields were good. This barrel sample has a very bright, pure and defined character, leading with scents of white peach alongside notes of quartz and green pear. This is really quite superb on the palate, very modern in style, with flavours of bright white peach, lychee, vanilla flower and salted orange slices. It is bright, acid-fresh, minerally too. An excellent composition overall, focused and fresh. This is a superb wine, but in the very brightest, most modern, purest style. Rating: 94-96 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.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

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Bommes. 93% Sémillon, 6% Sauvignon Blanc, 1% Muscadelle. RS 130g/l, TA (sulphuric) 3.8 g/l. Intense, clean pear and citrus aroma. Much tighter in the mouth than many here, with real precision as Bommes. 93% Sémillon, 6% Sauvignon Blanc, 1% Muscadelle. RS 130g/l, TA (sulphuric) 3.8 g/l. Intense, clean pear and citrus aroma. Much tighter in the mouth than many here, with real precision as well as excellent tangy lemon and orange zest. Long, spicy finish. Excellent balance Drinking range: 2025 - 2037 Rating: 17.5 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.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

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 very 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 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

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

This is very oily and rich with loads of dried mangoes, sliced apples and peaches. Full-bodied, very sweet and honey-like. This is very oily and rich with loads of dried mangoes, sliced apples and peaches. Full-bodied, very sweet and honey-like. Rating: 93-94 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2018)

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